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Ever since Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in weeks before the 2020 election, Democrats have feared the possibility of Roe being overturned by a newly invigorated conservative majority.
In anticipation of this moment, Dems were already talking about their options and had even attempted one that had failed in a first round of voting — the codification of Roe, turning the protections of abortion into federal law.
The vote failed in the U.S. Senate largely because of Democratic senator Joe Manchin, who said the proposed legislation went too far.
But last Friday, within moments of Roe's being overturned, Manchin reverted to Democratic form and announced the following: "But let me be clear: I support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected. I am hopeful Democrats and Republicans will come together to put forward a piece of legislation that would do just that."
That rekindled Democratic hopes across the nation that Roe, even though it was struck down by the court, could be resurrected by Congress; and abortion, once again, could be the law of the land.
Earlier today, chants to codify Roe echoed through the congressional office building sector, as child killers pressed their case.