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Senate Fails To Advance Bill To Protect Abortion Rights

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. Wade.

The Senate voted 49-51, far short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, albeit the outcome was anticipated. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined with all Republicans to oppose the bill.

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.

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