U.S. Senate fails to pass bill that would have preserved women’s access to abortion

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Published: May. 11, 2022 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 4:57 PM CDT
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(KSLA) — Following a week of protests, vigils and student walkouts across the country, the conversation on abortion is still going strong.

On Wednesday, May 11, the Senate held a key vote on a bill to preserve the right to abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act failed to pass 49-51. This as Roe vs. Wade remains in jeopardy.

The bill was unlikely to make a dent in the abortion battle, as it was expected to fail amid widespread Republican opposition. One prominent Republican said it was too broad and raised concerns about it not including a “conscience clause” which would allow providers to refuse to perform abortions for religious or moral reasons.

Senate leaders said today’s vote was crucial.

“Today’s vote is one of the most consequential we will take in decades because, for the first time in 50 years, a conservative majority - an extreme majority on the Supreme Court - is on the brink of declaring that women do not have freedom over their own bodies. One of the longest steps back in the court’s entire history,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) said.

Sixty votes were needed in order to move the bill forward.

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