Progressive activists occupied Democratic Sen. Bob Casey\u0026#039;s office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, after which the historically anti-choice lawmaker announced his intention to vote for the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act to codify the reproductive rights that are now in peril thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court\u0026#039;s right-wing majority.\r\n\r\n\u0022This week, I will again vote yes to advance debate on the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act and I will support the bill if there is a vote on final passage in the future,\u0022 Casey said in a statement.\r\n\r\nThe Pennsylvania Democrat\u0026#039;s statement was released just minutes after members of Lancaster Stands Up occupied his office in the state capital.\r\n\r\n\u0022Community pressure works,\u0022 said Becca Rast, managing director of Justice Democrats.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn his statement, Casey said that \u0022in the nearly three months since the Senate last voted on the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act, the circumstances around the entire debate on abortion have changed.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022In light of the leaked Supreme Court decision draft overturning Roe v. Wade, and subsequent reports that Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate will introduce legislation to enact a nationwide six-week ban,\u0022 he continued, \u0022the real question of the moment is: do you support a categorical ban on abortion? During my time in public office, I have never voted for—nor do I support—such a ban.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act would enshrine patients\u0026#039; right to receive legal and safe abortions and healthcare professionals\u0026#039; right to provide them. Casey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) were the only two Democrats who refused to co-sponsor the Senate\u0026#039;s version of the legislation when it was reintroduced last year.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We came here to demand that Sen. Casey pass the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act,\u0022 Hannah Henrichon, a Millersville University student and sit-in participant, said in a statement. \u0022Now he is committing to do just that.\u0022\r\n\r\nSuzy Wurtz from Lancaster Stands Up said that \u0022people all over our state have been standing up and demanding that our elected officials, including Sen. Casey, fight to protect our reproductive rights.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Thank you Sen. Casey for listening to us and making the choice to fight for us,\u0022 she added.\r\n\r\nSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has teed up a Wednesday vote on a modified version of the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act.\r\n\r\nHouse Democrats—with the lone exception of right-wing Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas—supported the passage of the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act last September. However, the bill died in the upper chamber in February when Manchin joined all Senate Republicans present to block the measure before it even reached the floor. Casey, for his part, did vote to advance debate on the bill.\r\n\r\nBecause the filibuster requires 60 votes to advance most legislation, the latest iteration of the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act is destined for the same fate unless the entire Senate Democratic Caucus—including Manchin and fellow conservative Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona—and Vice President Kamala Harris vote to suspend the anti-democratic rule that gives veto power to the minority party in a closely divided upper chamber.\r\n\r\nLess than 24 hours after the publication of Justice Samuel Alito\u0026#039;s leaked draft opinion, which shows that the high court\u0026#039;s right-wing majority is set to strike down Roe v. Wade, Manchin doubled down on his defense of the filibuster, characterizing it as \u0022the only protection we have in democracy.\u0022\r\n\r\nIf Senate Democrats fail to eliminate the filibuster and pass the Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act and Alito\u0026#039;s draft ruling is not substantially changed before it is officially issued, abortion could soon be outlawed in more than half the country.