Senate Democrats failed to pass a bill to make abortion a federal law, despite the fact that the country’s highest court is prepared to restrict it.
However, the move was intended to challenge the Supreme Court’s projected decision that abortions can be prohibited, which was doomed from the start.
The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House but failed 49-51 in the Senate.
As abortion becomes an issue ahead of this year’s midterm elections, votes were keenly scrutinized.
Democratic Vice-President Kamala Harris said”Unfortunately, the Senate failed to defend a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”
Despite the increased attention, the Senate appeared to be running smoothly. Senators gradually trickled in to cast their votes as Vice President Harris presided over the vote in the virtually empty chamber.