The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would include the right to abortion in federal law, a sign of the country’s biased division.
A total of 51 votes, mostly Republican senators, blocked a bill that would protect abortion across the country, and 49 senators voted in favor.
The only Democrat lost in his party line was Joe Manchin, the last voter, who had already stated that he might not support this change.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris chaired the session, which was preceded by a statement from Joe Biden’s government calling for the adoption of the now-rejected law.
The vote was above all symbolic and once again emphasized the divided boundaries of the majority of the Democratic Party in the Senate (50 Democrats and 50 Republicans).
To overcome the Republican hurdle, the bill required 60 favorable voting thresholds that Democrats knew in advance that they would not reach when they demanded a vote.
Shortly after the result was known, the president Joe Biden criticizes Republicans’ ‘failure’ to protect access to reproductive health and said the vote “is against the will of the American majority.”
Republicans “decided to stand in the way of American rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families, and lives,” Biden said, urging voters to choose more pro-abortion lawmakers in November.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States promised to “examine the measures and tools available” to secure the rights established in 1973 in the “Roe v. Wade” decision.
Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Commons, also criticized Republicans for their opposition, promising that “Democrats will never compromise in defending fundamental freedoms.”
Pelosi added that “the American people remember who tried to punish and control women’s decisions and who fought tirelessly alongside them when voting in November” in the by-elections.
Upper Democrat leader Chuck Schumer called on U.S. citizens to vote for more “positive” democratic lawmakers in the next election.
The need for this vote came from a leak at the initiative of the U.S. Supreme Court to revoke the constitutional right to abortion, confirmed in a 1973 landmark case known as “Roe v. Wade.”
The verdict handed down by the Conservative Majority Court in June will certainly have consequences throughout the country and in the election campaign ahead of the November by-elections that will decide the ruling ruling party.
If the “Roe v. Wade” decision, which protects women’s right to abortion as constitutional, is overturned, the United States will return to a situation that existed before 1973, when each state was free to ban or allow abortion.