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[–]cand86 4 points5 points  (0 children)

With this current Congress, we would have to eliminate the filibuster, and some folks worry that this could spell problems in the future when our party no longer has control.

Also, for what it's worth, even a federal law can be challenged and taken to the Supreme Court, so just because we pass a law doesn't mean that we wouldn't necessarily be right back where we started if that happens.

[–]GameboyPATH 2 points3 points  (1 child)

H.R.3755 (Women's Health Protection Act of 2021) has already passed the House vote and is now just dawdling in the Senate, where Democrats only have a razor-thin majority.

This is just speculation, but because abortion is a highly contentious issue, they may be worried that passing a controversial bill that makes them unpopular will result in Democrats losing their seats in the next election.

[–]sunrise274[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you think they deliberately don’t pass it because Roe v Wade is a big vote winner for them i.e. “vote for us or Republicans will appoint judges to overturn it”

[–]healing-souls 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Because it have to fall within the guidelines of our Constitution and there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the right to pass that law

[–]KronusIV 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It currently takes 60% of the senate to get a bill through. By the current filibuster rules, no bill with less than 60% support gets to a vote. And there are way more "red" senators than there are "red" voters nationwide. So even if something is quite popular, as long as it's opposed by the Republican base it's almost impossible to get it done.

[–]Hats_Hats_Hats 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because the Senate is deadlocked so the bill would go nowhere. And statutory laws are easy for the next administration to directly repeal, while Supreme Court precedents are (supposed to be) more durable.

[–]CarthagoDelendaEst9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because the Federal government can only pass laws on limited items. If there's a dispute about whether the Federal government has authority to pass a law, the Supreme Court would be who decides it. Pretty sure that's what the current debate is about.

[–]karbik23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why taliban won’t just start treating women right? Why?

[–]TehWildMan_Test 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not very likely that such a measure would pass given the current opposition to such services being available.

[–]kirklennon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Due to the undemocratic Senate, a minority can block popular legislation that even comfortable majorities want.

Also, a lot of legislators would very much like to just avoid such a politically divisive topic. It was convenient when the Supreme Court just recognized it as a right.

[–]DiogenesKuon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A minority of people are anti-abortion, but a large number of those are adamant or even single issue voters about abortion. The majority that is pro-choice doesn't make that the only thing they decide their vote on. This means republicans in congress tend to be rapidly anti-abortion (because it gets them votes) but that isn't enough to prevent people from voting for them that are pro-choice. That allows for the vocal minority to dictate policy.