(PresidentialHill.com)- On Wednesday, Senate Democrats failed miserably in their bid to approve the “Women’s Health Prevention” Act. The measure received 49 votes in favor and 51 votes against, but required 60 votes to succeed.
Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the lone Democrat in the Senate to vote against the bill. However, he emphasized that he would support legislation that exclusively prohibited late-term abortions. On Wednesday, the rejected bill would have legalized abortion for up to nine months.
The “Women’s Health Protection Act” has previously passed the House; however, it has failed to overcome the Senate filibuster. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have stated that they are “pro-choice” and will vote for a Senate measure prohibiting late-term abortions.
Collins stated in a statement that she expects to continue working with her colleagues on legislation to safeguard – not extend or restrict – the present legal foundation for abortion rights in this nation.
Senator Manchin has stated that he supports codifying Roe v. Wade but believes the bill passed by the House is too severe.
“The Women’s Health Protection Act, which we will vote on today, is not a codification of Roe v. Wade, but rather an expansion,” Manchin stated.
The Senator from West Virginia then expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court’s possible judgment.
The rejected law would have made abortions permissible until birth, even if the mother’s life was not in danger. It would also render the majority of pro-life legislation enacted by individual states void.
President Biden said Republicans have decided to stand in the way of Americans’ rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families, and lives. The president urged Democrats to vote for pro-abortion politicians in the approaching midterm elections.
According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, a majority of respondents (48%) want Roe v. Wade repealed.