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US Senate blocks bill on codifying abortion rights

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

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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