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Manchin joins Senate Republicans in blocking Democratic abortion bill

Senate Democrats came up short Wednesday in their bid to pass legislation erasing abortion limits as Republicans stood firm in a display of political theater triggered by last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft showing that Roe v. Wade is living on borrowed time.

The Senate voted 49-51 on the procedural cloture motion, falling well shy of the necessary 60 votes. Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, joined Republicans in opposing the measure.

Mr. Manchin said shortly before the vote that he would have supported a bill to codify Roe, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, but that the Women’s Health Protection Act went well beyond that. 

“The bill we have today to vote on, Women’s Health Protection Act, and I respect people who support it, but make no mistake, it is not Roe v. Wade codification, it is an expansion,” Mr. Manchin told reporters. “It wipes

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