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US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails in the Senate

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2022-05-15 03:30

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer addresses media. Polls suggest most Americans support at least some access to the procedure. (Photo by= Getty Images)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] US Senate Democrats have failed to pass a bill to make the right to abortion a federal law, as the nation's top court is poised to curtail it. The move, meant to counter the Supreme Court's expected ruling that abortions can be banned, was seen as doomed from the start.
 
The Democrat-led House passed the bill, but it failed 49-51 in the Senate. Votes were closely watched as abortion emerges as a flashpoint ahead of this year's midterm elections. "Sadly, the Senate failed to stand in defense of a woman's right to make decisions over her own body," Vice-President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, said outside the Senate chamber following the vote. Despite the heightened scrutiny, it appeared to be business-as-usual in the Senate. Vice-President Harris presided over the vote in the mostly empty chamber as senators gradually filed in to cast their votes.
 
Wednesday's vote came a day before the Supreme Court's nine justices are due to meet for the first time since a draft ruling on abortion rights was leaked last week. The document suggested the court will overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that granted women a constitutional right to abortion. The White House is now facing calls to condemn unlawful rallies by pro-choice activists outside the justices' private homes.



 

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