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Democrat Sen. Manchin joins GOP in blocking Dems' abortion bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters May 11, 2022, about his party’s effort to codify the Roe decision. (Video screenshot)

A Democratic Party bill that would have made abortion legal up to birth failed to advance in the Senate Wednesday, with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joining all 50 Republicans in opposition.

“They’re trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade,” Manchin told reporters. “And I want you to know, it’s not. This is not the same. It expands abortion.”

The bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, needed 60 votes to advance but failed even to obtain a simple majority.

President Biden immediately reacted to the vote, charging Republicans are blocking abortion legislation as “women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack.”

Voters, he said, need to elect more Democrats in the midterm elections this November and “return a pro-choice majority to the House.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar,

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