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Abortion rights bill fails in Senate as every LGBTQ member of Congress supported it
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Photo: Gage Skidmore/via Wikipedia All LGBTQ members of Congress voted for a bill to protect the right to an abortion in the U.S., but the bill still failed to pass the Senate yesterday.
The Senate voted yesterday on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would codify the right to an abortion. Democrats wanted to get all senators on record before the Supreme Court officially issues its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center , which a leaked draft showed that the Court is going to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the federal right to an abortion.
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The law failed to pass in a 49-51 vote, with all Republicans voting against it along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Sens. Sue Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have both claimed that they’re pro-choice, even though they too voted against the WHPA.
Sixty votes were needed for the bill to overcome the Republican filibuster of the bill, and Democrats were not expecting to get 60 votes. Instead, the vote was intended to get Republicans on the record opposing the right to an abortion before the midterms.