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Manchin Joins Republicans in Blocking Bill to Codify Roe v. Wade

HeadlineMay 12, 2022

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin joined with Senate Republicans Wednesday to block a bill to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have preserved federal abortion rights even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. President Biden criticized opponents of the legislation, saying their votes run “counter to the will of the majority of the American people.” Prior to the vote, Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada urged her colleagues to support the bill.

Sen. Jacky Rosen: “We’re not living in a hypothetical anymore. We are staring a post-Roe world in the face, and the time to act is now. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle have also made it clear: If they regain control of this chamber, they will pass a national ban on abortion rights. And they may go even further. I urge every senator who cares about women, who cares about women’s health, who cares about women’s autonomy and their rights, I urge them all to join me in voting to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.”

The Supreme Court’s nine justices plan to meet privately today for the first time since last week’s publication of a leaked draft opinion showing the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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