WASHINGTON — If the Supreme Court overturns or guts abortion rights in a major case that was argued Wednesday, the Democratic-led Congress is unlikely to have the votes to counteract it legislatively. The fallback plan, Democrats say, is to take the issue to voters in the 2022 elections and argue that Republican victories in Congress and states could fuel restrictions on or even outlaw abortions. “I think the country hasn't seen the rage of women speaking out,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., arguing that laws like Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 week are “intended to be misogynistic” and say nothing about the “responsibility of the impregnator.” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who has spoken about her harrowing decision in the past to end a pregnancy, said: “It's insulting, it's dangerous, and it's outrageous. And so I think it's going to mobilize people to go to the polls. You will see an outcry like you've never seen before.” The House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act in September to codify abortion rights nationally. But the bill is likely to face a dead end in the Senate, where Democrats have a 50-50 majority and need 60 votes to defeat a probable Republican filibuster. The bill has only 48 Senate co-sponsors, with two Democratic exceptions, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that the House bill would get a vote in the Senate. “Abortion is a fundamental right. We will not let right-wing ideologies tell women what to do,” he said. “It won't be an easy fight, but we will not back down.” Asked about Manchin’s position, a spokesperson said only that he hasn’t signed on to it and hasn’t indicated how he would vote if it were brought to the floor. A spokesperson for Casey, who personally opposes abortion, didn’t return messages seeking comment. One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, supports codifying Roe v. Wade protections into law but wants a narrower proposal than the Women's Health Protection Act, her office said. Even if the Senate finds 50 votes to codify abortion rights, the filibuster is likely to stay. Manchin has been resolute against changing the rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold or to create issue-based carve-outs. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a co-sponsor of the abortion rights bill, strongly supports the filibuster rule and has opposed weakening it for certain issues. “If the Senate doesn't act? Then we have November,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. Lee added that dismantling Roe would “be a shock” to many people who don't know a world without abortion rights protections. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the front-runner in the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania, called on Democrats in a statement to “immediately scrap the fil . . . read the full article here.