The Senate has voted —the Women’s Health Protection Act did not have enough votes to pass. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans, sinking the bill 51 to 49.
“Republicans in Congress – not one of whom voted for this bill – have chosen to stand in the way of Americans’ rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families and lives,” President Biden said in a statement. “To protect the right to choose, voters need to elect more pro-choice senators this November, and return a pro-choice majority to the House.”
From Fox News…
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed a vote on the legislation after a leaked Supreme Court opinion signaled the court would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion that legalized abortion nationwide. He called the bill “urgent” to prevent states from passing extreme anti-abortion legislation that “would send women’s rights back into the Stone Age.”
Manchin, a pro-life Democrat, said the legislation goes far beyond codifying the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision by wiping away state regulations, including bans on abortion earlier than 24 weeks.
“Make no mistake, it is not Roe v. Wade codification,” Manchin said. “It is an expansion.”
Even two pro-choice GOP senators — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – rejected the legislation as going too far by undercutting state limits on abortion, including bans on gender-based abortion. They wanted narrower legislation that would enshrine the legal right to abortion while protecting certain state regulations permitted under Roe.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says the woke mob was defeated.
“Today’s vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act is a continuation of the left’s mission to undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and prop up their abortion-on-demand agenda,” Blackburn tweeted.
“This bill would force states to legalize late-term abortions, remove informed consent laws, and prevent restrictions on gruesome fetal dismemberment procedures. Today, I stood up to the woke mob and voted to protect women and their unborn children.”
This bill would force states to legalize late-term abortions, remove informed consent laws, and prevent restrictions on gruesome fetal dismemberment procedures. Today, I stood up to the woke mob and voted to protect women and their unborn children.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) May 11, 2022