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JUST IN: Senate Torpedoes Abortion Access Bill

Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin

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The Senate failed to advance a bill on Wednesday that aims to protect access.

The vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act was 49-51, along party lines with the exception of Sen. (D-WV), who joined Republicans in voting against advancing the bill. “We’re going to be voting for a piece of legislation that I will not be voting for today,” Manchin told reporters.

The ill-fated measure would guarantee the ability of providers to conduct abortions and also protect the rights of individuals to have them.

“This is not an abstract exercise, it’s as real and as urgent as it

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