(RepublicanInformer.com)- A vote took place on Wednesday in the Senate over a measure that, if passed, would have authorized abortions on fetuses up to nine months into a pregnancy,
Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempt to codify the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Women’s Health Protection Act did not receive a majority of votes, as the final total was 49-51, and it did not even come close to reaching the filibuster threshold of 60 votes.
Sen. Joe Manchin (Democratic Party, West Virginia) was the sole member to vote contrary to the party line when he cast his vote against the bill. It was the most pro-abortion piece of legislation in the history of the country.
It sought to overthrow all pro-life laws, making it the most extreme measure of its kind.
The vote was called for by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in reaction to a draft opinion from the Supreme Court leaked earlier this week. The draft indicated that the majority of justices backed overturning Roe v. Wade.
Suppose the Supreme Court decides to uphold the verdict. In that case, it will give states the authority to place restrictions on abortions that take place before the existing threshold of fetal viability, which is somewhere about 24 weeks.
In September, the House of Representatives approved the measure with the backing of all but one Democrat, Representative Henry Cuellar (Texas). According to the provisions of the law, medical professionals are permitted to terminate the lives of unborn children up until the moment of delivery if they believe that continuing the pregnancy “would constitute a risk to the life or health of the pregnant patient.”
In February, the Senate was unable to make any progress on the measure; nonetheless, Schumer was able to force a vote on the floor of the Senate. The sole Democrat to vote against moving the proposal forward was Manchin.
According to a study conducted by the Associated Press and released the previous year, the majority of people in the United States are against allowing access to abortion in the second and third trimesters. The abortion issue that is currently before the Supreme Court concerns Mississippi’s 15-week prohibition, which is a threshold that lies inside the second trimester.