Buzzfeed News D.C. Bureau reporter Paul McLeod first reported Tuesday that Manchin did not support ending the filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. “Big: Senator Joe Manchin just indicated he would not blow up the filibuster to codify Roe, saying he believes the filibuster is a check on power that preserves abortion rights. Without Manchin, the chance of passing Roe into law is pretty much zero,” McLeod tweeted.
CBS News Congressional Correspondent Scott MacFarlane quoted Manchin directly. “The filibuster is the only protection we have of democracy right now,” he reportedly said.
“We’ve protected women’s rights with the filibuster,” Manchin added, as reported by The Hill. Manchin repeatedly refused to answer questions on the opinion itself, The Hill added.