US House passes bill protecting abortion rights, Senate approval unlikely

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Washington (AFP) – The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Friday protecting abortion rights, a historic but largely symbolic move that has little chance of passage in the Senate. The Democratic-majority House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act by a vote of 218-211. While the bill enjoys the support of President Joe Biden, a Democrat, it is unlikely to advance in the Senate, where it faces Republican opposition and Democrats have only a slim majority. In a landmark 1973 case, Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion so long as the fetus is no…

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