Joe Munchin votes against abortion rights, despite claims to support abortion rights

Senate Democrats' attempt to enshrine the abortion protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law resoundingly failed Wednesday

With one of Democrats' own members, Sen. Joe Manchin, joining every single Republicans to tank the legislation

The Women’s Health Protection Act was shot down 51-49 in a largely symbolic vote

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer nonetheless described as “one of the most consequential we’ve taken in decades.”

“The American people are watching; the public will not forget which side of the vote senators fall on today,” Schumer said

Manchin already joined with Republicans in February to defeat a version of the legislation

He opposed the most recent iteration, too, as well as changes to the filibuster that would be necessary to pass it

Still, Schumer pushed the vote, he said, so “the American people will see where every single U.S. Senator stands.”

Manchin tells reporters he will vote against the Women’s Health Protection Act

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote against the legislation; even Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who has an uneven record on reproductive rights

Bob Casey announced that he would support the bill, saying he has “never voted for — nor do I support — such a ban” on abortion

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