So-called "Women's Health Protection Act" Failed to Pass Senate

Anne Reed

After last week's leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization xADxADcase, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quickly focused his efforts on codifying the effects of the Roe v. Wade decision in the inaptly titled piece of federal legislation, the "Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA)." A version of the bill narrowly passed the House in September 2021. But with the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes, it failed to advance in the Senate.

Likewise, as expected, it failed to advance in yesterday's 51-49 Senate procedural cloture motion vote when Democrats failed to meet the filibuster threshold of 60 votes. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (WVA) joined Republicans who all voted against it, arguing that the language is too extreme for the majority of Americans, infringing both on religious liberty and the rights of states to govern.

Had the bill become law, it would have put women at more risk by prohibiting states from enacting restrictions on abortions and accountability standards on abortionists.

"The Democrats are desperate to keep abortion on demand. Not only would this bill codify Roe and create a conflict should Roe be overturned, but it would also nullify almost all the pro-life laws already on the books.

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