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Sen. Joe Manchin votes with Republicans to kill abortion rights bill | USA TODAY


A bill aimed at codifying abortion rights into federal law, failed in a 49-51 vote with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin voting with Republicans.

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The Senate failed Wednesday to pass a bill that would have made Roe v. Wade the law of the land, sinking the first legislative attempt to enshrine a national right to abortion since the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark decision.

Democrats were unable to overcome a filibuster on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. The effort failed 49-51. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined every Republican in opposition, meaning the measure would have failed even if it had mustered the 60 votes needed to send the measure to the floor for an up-or-down vote.

“It is not Roe v. Wade codification, it is an expansion,” Manchin said before the vote. “We should not be dividing this country further than we’re already divided.” https://bit.ly/3suDXFO

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