Women’s Health Protection Act stalls in U.S. Senate

The Women’s Health Protection Act did not advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday. The bill would have protected the legal right to an abortion by federal statute. According to national media, Senate Republicans, who widely oppose abortion rights, were expected to filibuster the bill. An effort to end discussion and move to a vote on the bill failed on Monday by a vote of 46 to 48. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in September.