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BREAKING: Sen. Manchin Votes With GOP to Shut Down Democratic Abortion Bill


It looks like Joe Biden will have an opportunity to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court.

Nevertheless, there will still be a clear conservative majority with six of the nine jurists having been nominated by a GOP president.

This bias has left many Democrats concerned about the future of abortion rights.

As a result, many leftist lawmakers have advanced a plan to enshrine the precedent established decades ago in the Roe v. Wade decision.

The effort passed in the House last year, but it hit a roadblock when the Senate recently considered it.

In the evenly split upper chamber, one Democrat cast a decisive vote that stopped the measure in its tracks.

Newsweek provided all the details:

A bill to codify abortion rights into federal law died in the Senate on Monday, after it failed to amass enough support to pass a procedural vote.

The Women’s Health Protection Act needed the support of several Republicans to reach the necessary 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster in the evenly split Senate. It was co-sponsored by all but two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

It failed to advance after the Senate voted 46-48 to block the bill, with Manchin joining Senate Republicans in opposition. Six senators didn’t vote.

Although he is technically still a Democrat, Manchin has been siding with the GOP on a number of issues in recent months.

Specifically, he opposed the Biden administration’s push to pass a huge spending package known as the Build Back Better bill.

His willingness to reach across the aisle has earned him some praise from several prominent Republicans.

By the same token, he has become something of a pariah within his own party.

As for the perceived threat to abortion rights, progressives have long held pro-life Republicans in contempt.

According to NPR:

With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government.

Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022, according to a December poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That’s up from less than 1% of Democrats who named it as a priority for 2021 and 3% who listed it in 2020.

Despite the constant pressure from his fellow Democrats, Manchin has maintained his fiercely independent streak on a number of hot-button issues.

In the following video clip, he explained his principled stance on the Build Back Better proposal.

Do you believe Sen. Manchin should switch parties?

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