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Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:40 PM

The GOP controls all 3 branches of the Federal Government.

They can pass nearly anything that they wish to pass.


So why have they not passed a law banning abortion? They have the votes in both Houses of Congress, and a President who declared that he would sign such a law, and a right wing SCOTUS to validate the law.


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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:45 PM

1. The current SCOTUS wouldn't uphold a law banning abortion. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:47 PM

2. One hopes that you are correct.

But we all know that the abortion issue is one that the GOP needs to motivate their base.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:47 PM

4. Soon to be changed do you think?

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:13 PM

9. No, It's unlikely Roberts nor Kavanaugh (assuming he's approved) would decide in favor

of legislation banning abortions.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:47 PM

3. They don't have the votes they need in the Senate.

Under the rules of the Senate it takes 60 votes to proceed to a vote on a bill to overcome a filibuster. The U.S. Senate has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two independents).

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Response to procon (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:48 PM

5. Under the current rules, yes.

But at the beginning of each session of a new Congress, rules can be changed, correct?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:38 PM

10. Yes, and they can go nuclear, requiring just 51 votes to pass everything.

When a newly-elected Congress convenes, the majority party in a newly-constituted Senate can make changes to the Standing Rules. At that time, a majority of the new Senate can choose to change or amend their existing rules.

The risk is what will happen if the majority loses at midterm and the nuclear option is still in effect.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:54 PM

6. Even they're not that stupid. Women voters would run them out of office faster than they could blink

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Response to brush (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 08:55 PM

7. I would never assume that GOP politicians were "not that stupid".

Or their voters, for that matter.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:00 PM

8. All i have to say to that is I wish they would try it.

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