US Senate blocks bill on codifying abortion rights

The United States Senate blocked a bill set to solidify abortion rights into law Wednesday.

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The Women’s Health Protection Act, which would legalize abortion throughout the United States, failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance in the US Senate on Wednesday on a vote of 49-51.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, the last senator to vote, sided with all 50 Republicans to block the measure. While the bill does not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster in the 50-50 Senate it marks Democrats’ first legislative attempt to protect the right to abortion by law.

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