“This is a fundamental moment for advocacy and for not giving up. And so what I’m doing, and what many of my colleagues are doing, is pushing for a vote next week,” she added. “We are going to be aggressive with all our colleagues and with our Republican allies to vote for codifying Roe v Wade. We are not giving up, we will never give in and we will keep fighting and if the American people are paying attention, this issue will also be on the ballot in November.”
Gillibrand on Sunday pushed for a change to Senate rules to get rid of the filibuster, telling Tapper: “The argument that, if we take away the filibuster, (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell and Republicans across the country are going to do bad things, those bad things are literally already happening.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a news conference Sunday ahead of the vote to codify abortion rights that he plans to file a procedural motion to allow for a vote.
“This is no longer an abstract exercise,” the New York Democrat said. “This is the real deal and everyone’s eyes are on them, so we can always hope and we must have this vote. Every senator must show where he or she stands.”
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut predicted on Sunday that if Republicans win the Senate in November, “they are absolutely going to pass a national ban on abortion.”
“They got rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court justices for the explicit purpose of putting on the court judges that would strike down Roe v. Wade,” he said in an interview on Fox. “So I think you could naturally assume that they would also change the rules to pass that national abortion ban if they win control of the Senate in this next election.”
According to Alito’s draft, the court would overturn Roe v. Wade’s holding of a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Under current law, the government cannot interfere with a woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy before about 23 weeks, when a fetus could live outside the womb.
The release of a final opinion in the case is expected later this spring or early summer.
This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.
CNN’s Laura Studley contributed to this report.