Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), long a defender of the filibuster, said Thursday that she supports a carve-out in an effort to codify abortion rights.
Feinstein’s comments were in reference to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which might enshrine the suitable to an abortion in federal law. The bill has twice didn’t overcome the 60-vote threshold needed within the Senate ― due to the filibuster ― to develop into law.
Senate Democrats previously tried to create an exception to the filibuster for voting rights laws, nevertheless it failed resulting from opposition from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.). Feinstein said in an announcement Thursday that if the proposed carve-out for abortion rights is analogous to that one, “I definitely would vote for it.”
“Let me be clear: If it comes right down to protecting the filibuster or protecting a lady’s right to decide on, there needs to be no doubt that I’ll vote to guard a lady’s right to decide on,” she added.
Feinstein also had previously been silent on whether she supported a carve-out for abortion rights, in contrast with the state’s other Democratic senator, Alex Padilla, who backs abolishing the filibuster altogether.