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Senate bid to ensure US abortion rights nationwide fails

Republicans block legislation proposed by Democrats that seeks to ensure access to abortion in all 50 states.

Democratic lawmakers in the United States Senates failed on Wednesday to advance a bill legalising abortion nationwide, but succeeded in putting Republicans on record opposing the measure as both parties position for a looming political battle.

Republicans blocked the measure in a Senate procedural vote 49-51 that fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote in the Senate, where Democrats hold only a 51-50 majority over Republicans.

The action comes as the US Supreme Court appears ready to abandon its landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade that made abortion legal in all 50 US states.

“The American people are watching,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ahead of the vote. “The public will not forget which side of the vote senators fall on today.”

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