On Wednesday, Senate Democrats failed to muster their slim majority to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill that would have codified the landmark decision established in Roe v. Wade and eliminated state laws that further limited a woman's access to abortion. Among the naysayers were Senate Republicans — as expected — along with one Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Manchin told reporters that his main issue with the legislation was that it "expands abortion." The senator said he had been "pro-life all of my life" but also believed in "some exceptions to abortion bans."
"It's just disappointing that we're going to be voting on a piece of legislation which I would not vote for today," Manchin stated. "But I would vote for Roe v. Wade codification if it was today."
"How do you know where we are today Joe? How do any of you guys know where we are today?" Goldberg asks. "None of you have any uteruses, you don't have a vagina, you don't have anything that goes through carrying or making decisions about babies."
"Everybody needs to just go vote these fools out of there, just go vote them out," she adds, which garnered applause and cheers from the studio audience.
Haines then noted that the increased scrutiny of women's health issues, including fertility and abortions, greatly affects family planning and also increases the risk of dangerous pregnancies and criminalizing pregnancy complications.
"It's easier to focus on abortion, the word is kind of ugly so people keep thinking about it," she started. "They're [lawmakers] not thinking about the women that is alive and well." Haines continued, asserting that abortion laws as a whole hurt couples, including men.
"Right now we are talking about abortion, which hits the lowest income people in this country," Haines then claimed, prompting Goldberg to interject.
Abortion, Goldberg insisted, actually "hits all women" equally.
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"It does but it hits the have-nots the hardest," Haines says. "It will hit the people that can't leave the state, that can't tell their families because maybe they were abused."
"I think that there's a larger issue that's at stake right now. I think Americans are in denial exactly about what this Republican Party is planning to do," Joy Behar added. "They would like to overturn voting rights, they would like to overturn gay rights, they are in the process of overturning women's rights."
"The larger issue is that we are losing our rights on a regular basis and I don't think that Americans get it, I really don't," she claims, adding that Americans are "sympathetic and empathetic" to more disastrous, international issues — like Ukrainian refugees impacted by Russia's military invasion — but not towards national issues.
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