Headline RoundupMay 11th, 2022

Abortion Rights Bill Fails to Pass Senate Ahead of Supreme Court Ruling

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act in a 49-to-51 vote, which would've codified abortion rights into federal law.

The bill, which already failed to pass the Senate earlier this year, would have banned individual states to place restrictions on abortion as the Supreme Court prepares to strike down Roe v. Wade. Centrist Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) joined the 50 Senate Republicans that opposed the bill, claiming that the proposal "goes too far" beyond the standard established by Roe. Most outlets noted that the Women’s Health Protection Act was "destined" to fail in the 50-50 Senate where stances on abortion are split almost entirely along party lines. However, Democrats viewed this as a "crucial vote" to show Americans that they are fighting for reproductive rights ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Left-rated outlets were more likely to accentuate how most voters don't support overturning Roe and that it could mark a turning point for Democrats in the upcoming election. Conversely, right-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said that a national abortion ban is "possible" if the Supreme Court decision is overturned.

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