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US Senate Again Refuses to Pass Federal Abortion Law: Bishops Relieved; Biden Adamant

Kevin DietschU.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., walks after a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, at the Hart Senate Office Building, on May 11 in Washington. Manchin voted No on the measure, resulting in the Democrats failing to advance the bill that would codify abortion rights at the federal level.

The Women’s Health Protection Act failed 49-51 by a largely party-line vote, with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., voting against the bill. An almost identical version of the bill failed in a February vote by an identical margin.