"Senate Republicans will no longer be able to hide from the horror they've unleashed upon women in America," Schumer said on Monday. "After spending years packing our courts with right-wing judges and justices, after changing the rules of the Senate to push three rigidly conservative justices, after stealing the nomination of Merrick Garland, the time has come for Republicans – this new MAGA Republican party – to answer for their actions."
UPDATE: The U.S. Senate has voted 51-49 NOT to proceed
with a vote on The Women's Health Protection Act.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) responded Tuesday on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program.
"This shows you just how extreme today's Democratic leaders have become," said Hawley. "This is a bill that would undo partial-birth abortion bans in many states, including the State of Missouri."
Hawley went on to say that today's anticipated vote is "really another attempt to pressure the Supreme Court to change their decision" in the Mississippi abortion case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization – which the high court is expected to rule on by the end of June.
"Schumer knows this [bill] will fail. It's going nowhere," said the GOP lawmaker. "But what he wants to do is continue to gin up public pressure, which we've seen erupt into violence, into harassment, into threats against the justices – and he's trying to foster that, he's trying to feed it. And it's very wrong."
Hawley, an attorney by profession, would prefer the Supreme Court go ahead and issue its ruling.