Vote on ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ Fails in Senate

A key vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act failed in the Senate yesterday. The final tally was 49 to 51 with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia joining with Republicans to vote against the measure and stop it from advancing. The proposed bill would have codified the right to access abortion into federal law and guarantee the right of health care providers to perform abortion services. A House-passed version of the bill also failed in the Senate in February. Manchin said he voted ‘no’ because the Democratic bill is ‘too broad’ and indicated he would support a codification of Roe V Wade but said the bill goes ‘too far’.