Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined a growing Democratic chorus on Sunday, calling on the Senate to abolish the filibuster in order to codify Roe v. Wade into law following the Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas’ new draconian abortion ban.
With conservatives holding a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, fears that abortion could again be left to the states to decide on inched closer to reality after the court declined to step in and stop S.B. 8, the new Texas law that prohibits Texas women from getting an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy—before many women even know they are pregnant and well before the roughly 20-week fetal viability standard established by Roe.
The Texas law essentially deputizes private citizens to seek out bounties on anyone who “aids or abets” a woman seeking an abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Court majority said that because citizens rather than government agencies were involved here , it could not intervene.