Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, and other top Republicans have mostly refrained from bragging about Roe’s impending demise since the draft opinion surfaced, focusing instead on the unprecedented Supreme Court leak. . Their responses suggest they too see the potential for an abortion rights struggle to harm their party in the run-up to the congressional midterm elections, and are working to reframe the issue in their favor by portraying Democrats as extreme on the subject. .

Democrats dismissed the leak Thursday as a minor violation compared to the contents of the document that was revealed. More concerning to them than a violation in court, they said, was the fact that Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices appeared to have misled them during their confirmation hearings when they said Roe v. Wade set an important precedent.

“If you want to talk about the trial, I would focus on that trial,” New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand said, referring to statements by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and others on the issue of abortion rights as “fraudulent testimony.”

Democrats said their bill had become more urgent since the last time they tried to introduce it in February. At the time, the threat to abortion rights was more theoretical. Now, they said, it has taken on new meaning as the end of a constitutional right is suddenly imminent.

They also amended the measure in an effort to increase support among Republicans who support abortion rights, removing a long line of findings, including passages that referred to abortion restrictions as “an instrument of gender oppression” and as “rooted in misogyny.” also deleted a section clarifying that while the bill refers to women, it is intended to protect the rights of “any person capable of becoming pregnant,” including transgender men and non-binary individuals.

But the basis of the bill remains the same. It states that health care providers have a legal right to perform abortions, and patients to receive them, and would expressly override a wide range of requirements, restrictions and prohibitions.

Democrats had hoped that removing the non-binding findings would convince Maine Senators and Alaskan Lisa Murkowski, two Republicans who support abortion rights.

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