Senate Fails To Advance Bill To Protect Abortion Rights

The Women's Health Protection Act would put Roe V. Wade abortion access protections into federal law, and also ban certain state restrictions on care.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled the vote after Politico published a draft Supreme Court opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, showing that a majority of the justices were in favor of overturning the nearly 50-year-old precedent. Democrats have seized on the looming decision, as polls show a majority of the public favors keeping Roe V. Wade in place.
This story will be updated.
Wade language into law. I was hopeful for that," he told reporters. Manchin said earlier on Wednesday that he planned to vote against the legislation because it was too broad. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Wade codification if it was today. Susan Collins (R-ME) said that they also planned to vote no even though they favor codifying Roe V. "I will vote for Roe V. Sen.
Wade. A bill to protect abortion rights failed to clear the Senate on Wednesday, as Democrats seek to highlight to looming prospect that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe V.
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After the vote, Schumer told reporters, "We are going to continue to highlight this issue relentlessly and strongly between now and November because it is so important," noting the contrast on the issue between the parties.
Sen. The Senate voted 49-51, far short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, albeit the outcome was anticipated. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined with all Republicans to oppose the bill.

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