Lisa Murkowski on National Abortion Access Act: She believes ‘women in this country are not willing to push back 50 years’ for reproductive rights

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday there is still “a long way to go” to find a bipartisan agreement on codification abortion rights previously protected under Roe v. Wade. He added that he is “not in the camp that says it can’t be done.”

“Codification of Roe v. Wade is not going to happen unless there is a bipartisan approach to it. It’s that simple,” the Alaska senator told CBS News’ John Dickerson in an interview.

Murkowski said months ago, she met with Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, to determine if “there is a way forward.”

“We have a ways to go,” he said. “But again, if you don’t start with something that’s bipartisan to begin with, you’re doomed to fail, especially on issues as important as talking about a woman’s right to choose and control her reproductive care.”

“It is impossible to achieve it if we say there is no way to achieve it,” he added.

President Biden has vowed that the Democrats would codify Roe v. Wade into law if they win seats in the Senate and retain their majority in the House in the upcoming midterm elections. He has also called the Senate to make an exception to the filibuster rules.

Murkowski, however, who supports the right to abortion until the fetus is viable, told Dickerson that she opposes eliminating the filibuster to do so.

“Keep in mind that it can be a quick way to win a victory, but when the tables are turned, when the majorities are overturned, that can then be used against the issue,” he said. “This is not a recipe for success. I’m not suggesting it’s easy. I can’t tell you we have these votes lined up. But I am convinced that people in this country, women in this country, are not willing to be pushed 50 years back in terms of determining their rights to reproductive health care, possibly their fair access to contraception.”

In her interview, Murkowski also condemned threats against MPssaying they discourage “good people” from working in government.

“I know it happens on both sides,” he said. “It’s not acceptable. It’s reprehensible for anyone to continue this against any of us. And it’s not just those of us who are elected. Look what we’re seeing with this with the threats to the judiciary, the Supreme Court, members of our cabinet and the bipartisanship, whether in the Trump administration or now with the Biden administration. It’s not acceptable and we all need to speak up and condemn it.”

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