We are awarding a much-coveted Gold Schlafly Award to Sen. Susan Collins, who manages to proclaim that she is pro-Choice while having an astonishing record of supporting every limit on abortion and voting to confirm a theocrat Supreme Court Justice from Gilead and another who is credibly accused of being a (serial?) rapist. Anyway, you will be shocked to learn that Collins is concerned about codifying the protections of Roe v Wade into law:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Tuesday she opposes the Democrats’ bill, which would prohibit states from enacting restrictions on abortion through fetal viability.
Democrats, led by bill author Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, say their legislation would “codify” the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. But in a brief interview, Collins said the bill goes further than that by interfering with existing law that ensures health professionals who object to abortion are not required to participate in it. “I support codifying Roe. Unfortunately the bill…goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law,” Collins said, adding that she found parts of the bill’s language “extreme.”
Collins said the bill would weaken the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects a person’s ability to exercise their religion…. “This ‘carve out’ would be unprecedented, and I do not believe it is necessary to codify Roe,” she said in a follow-up statement.
The bill has 48 Democratic co-sponsors and will need 60 votes to override a filibuster. Maybe Collins should be concerned about that?