Senate Democrats tried—and failed—to codify Roe v. Wade‘s protections for abortion on Wednesday, with all Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) opposing the measure, named the Women’s Health Protection Act. The vote was 51–49.
“This vote clearly suggests that the Senate is not where the majority of Americans are on this issue,” said Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday. “A priority for all that care about this issue — the priority — should be to elect pro-choice leaders.”
Democrats would have needed 60 votes to get the bill passed. But they didn’t even get to a simple majority. The Washington Post has more:
The lack of a long-range plan of action has become especially conspicuous after the leak of the draft opinion, which represented the culmination of a nearly 50-year effort by conservatives to reverse Roe and pave the way for state efforts to severely restrict or prohibit abortion. The frustration was captured last
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