Roe v Wade: Attempt to protect abortion rights with new US law fails | American News



An attempt to protect abortion rights with federal law in the United States has failed.

The attempt to preserve the rights – first enshrined in the Roe v Wade bill of 1973 – came following the leak of a document from the Supreme Court it seemed to suggest that the justices planned to strike down the nearly 50-year-old legislation this summer.

But in the US Senate on Wednesday, the decision was blocked by Republicans – a stark display of US partisan division on the issue.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed the bill, but it failed 49-51 in the Senate upper house.

One Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted with Republicans, saying he supported keeping Roe vs. Wade but believed the new bill was too broad.

Many US states create their own individual laws. Federal laws, however, apply to everyone and are carried out by a bill passed by both houses of Congress.

President Joe Biden said Republicans “chose to obstruct Americans’ right to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families, and lives,” and urged voters to elect more right-wing lawmakers to abortion in November.

He pledged in the meantime “to explore the measures and tools at our disposal” to guarantee the rights established by Roe.

His party’s slim majority has proven unable to overcome the filibuster led by Republicans, who have worked for decades to install conservatives Supreme Court judges and end Roe against Wade.

Filibuster is a tactic used to oppose and prevent the passage of a bill.

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About half of US states have already approved laws that would further restrict or ban abortions, including some “trigger laws” that would go into effect once the court rules.

At a fundraiser in Chicago on Wednesday, President Biden said he believed that after abortion rights, the Supreme Court could “take on same-sex marriage, contraception and other rights”.

“Notice my words,” he added.

Explain :
What is Roe v Wade and how could abortion become illegal in many US states?

Polls show that most Americans want to preserve access to abortion in the early stages of pregnancy, but opinions are more nuanced and mixed when it comes to term abortions.

Supreme Court decisions are not final until they are officially rendered, and in some cases the results have changed between the justices’ initial discussions and their announcement.

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