Democratic lawmakers’ response to the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s destruction of reproductive rights for the nation has been, let’s say lower than pressing. Lower than cognizant of absolutely the earthquake that simply rocked us. Lower than conscious that we’re all trying to them to DO. SOMETHING.
Begin with canceling recess. Begin with acknowledging that the nation is on hearth and that it’s their job to begin placing the hearth out. Acknowledge that that’s what we elected them to do in 2018 and 2020. Present us that they perceive that we put our religion in them to do that job. We’re paying them to do it. It’s their duty.
Then act. Don’t simply maintain hearings on how terrible it’s that we simply witnessed the top of federal protections for abortion rights. Put laws on the ground to codify abortion rights and put everybody on the file. Take Justice Clarence Thomas at his phrase and put laws on the ground to codify our proper to contraception, and put each Republican on the file on that. Put laws on the ground to codify protections for same-sex relationships and marriages, and put each lawmaker on file on that. Put laws on the ground to codify the suitable to interracial marriages, and make each Republican vote on that.
Finish the filibuster. Don’t let Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski off the hook. All of them voted as soon as already this Congress to carve out a filibuster exception for elevating the debt ceiling. Make them do the identical to protect abortion rights.
Repair the Supreme Court docket. Nothing this Congress might do to guard our rights will stand so long as the Supreme Court docket as it’s at the moment constructed stands. Deal with that reality.