Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Sunday that the Senate will vote on legislation to codify abortion rights into law on Wednesday, in response to a leaked draft decision indicating that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the right to an abortion.
Schumer called the draft ruling an obscenity, saying that a majority of Americans support the right to an abortion as well as the freedom of women to access reproductive health care.
"Every American will see how every senator stands," Schumer said during a news conference with state leaders in New York. Republicans "can't duck it anymore. Republicans have tried to duck it."
When asked how they feel about the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned, over two-thirds of Americans say they are outraged and disheartened, seeing it as a risk to women and a threat to civil liberties more broadly.
The majority of Americans, especially younger women, believe that it will also result in limits on birth control and family planning options for them.
Going ahead, the majority of respondents would want to see a federal legislation established that protects abortion, and two-thirds of respondents would like to see abortion made legal in their home states, at least in most situations.
In addition, a minority of people who currently want abortions to be banned in their states believe that those who provide illegal abortions, as well as the women who have them, should face criminal prosecution or other punishments.
"Choice should not be up to a handful of right-wing justices. Choice should not be up to a handful of right-wing politicians. It's a woman's right. Plain and simple," Schumer said.