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Senate Votes Down Cloture for Abortion Bill

by Sharon Rondeau

(May 11, 2022) — A measure aimed at codifying the “right” for a woman to have an was defeated Wednesday in the .

The bill, S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on May 3 and required 60 votes to pass “cloture,” which would have invoked a “Motion to Proceed.”

The matter was scheduled for a vote by Democratic Majority Leader Charles Schumer (NY) in response to the leaked draft opinion indicating that a five-member majority of the High Court intended at the time of its drafting in February to declare that the 1973 landmark case, Roe v. Wade, was decided in error.

All Senate Republicans voted against the proposal along with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, while all other Senate Democrats voted in favor. The roll call indicating how each member voted, both

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