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Senate Vote to Support Roe v Wade Fails Thanks to Joe Manchin

Senate Vote to Support Roe v Wade Fails Thanks to Joe Manchin

The Senate rushed Wednesday into an almost-certain-to-fail vote toward enshrining Roe v. Wade abortion access as federal law, a blunt display of the nation’s partisan divide over the landmark court decision and the limits of legislative action.

President Joe Biden called on the Congress controlled by Democrats to pass legislation to protect abortion services for millions of Americans. But his party’s slim majority appears unable to overcome a filibuster from Republicans, who have been working for decades to install conservative Supreme Court justices and end Roe v. Wade. But West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced he would not be supporting the vote, putting the future of abortion rights in jeopardy for his own constituents as well as the rest of the country.

Cambridge, MA – May 4: Harvard University freshmen chant not your body, not your choice while rallying in Harvard Yard on May 4, 2022 in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA to defend abortion rights and protest against a leaked draft opinion of the US Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. They were met by counter-protests, who argued that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Senator Patty Murray expressed her anger at losing the vote despite the Democratic majority.

Polls have shown most Americans want to preserve access to abortion in the earlier stages of pregnancy, but views are more nuanced and mixed when it comes to late-term abortions.

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White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration’s position has been clear: “We will defend women’s constitutional rights recognized in Roe v. Wade.”

 

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