The Senate failed to vote to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have codified abortion rights into federal law.
Among those who voted in affirmative included Tammy Baldwin, Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar from the Democratic party among others.
While those who voted in the negative included Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Bill Hagerty from the Republican party, and Joe Manchin from the Democratic party.
Since those who voted against the codification of the Roe v Wade law weighed in more than those who voted yes, the act could not go forward.
While speaking to reporters after the voting session, Vice-President Kamala Harris said “the Senate failed to stand in defense of a woman's right to make decisions about her own body”.
She claimed that the majority of the Americans believed in defending a woman’s rights and this vote clearly pointed out that the Senate is not in the same platform as the majority of the Americans.
She urged the Americans who cared about the issue to elect pro-choice leaders at all levels of the government to stop the “extremist Republicans” from punishing women for making their own decisions.