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49 Senate Democrats Vote to Legalize Abortion up to Nine Months

Senate Democrats fell far short in their attempt to pass the “Women’s Health Prevention” Act on Wednesday. The bill, which needed 60 votes to pass, garnered 49 votes in favor and 51 against. (D-WV) was the lone Senate Democrat to vote against the bill, though he added he would support legislation that barred only late term procedures. Wednesday’s failed bill would legalize abortion up to nine months.

The House has already passed the “Women’s Health Protection Act”, but it has been unable to overcome the Senate filibuster. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) describe themselves as “pro-choice” and have said they will vote for a Senate bill that banned late term abortions.

“I plan to continue working with my colleagues on legislation to maintain – not expand or restrict – the current legal framework for abortion rights in this country,” Collins said

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