A Democratic bill aimed at solidifying access to an abortion was blocked in the Senate Monday, as lawmakers brace for a Supreme Court ruling later this year on the procedure.

The bill would bar restrictions on abortions before fetal viability or when a health provider determines the pregnancy risks the patient’s health. All Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) voted against the bill in the 50-50 Senate, with 46 Democrats voting in favor. The legislation needed 60 votes to advance due to the chamber’s filibuster rules.

Pro-life groups, including TCA, say Democrats are pushing a messaging vote that has no chance of passage. “The move to bring the act for a vote shows that the party is whipped by the abortion lobby and has lost touch with voters and reality,” said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with the Catholic Association, which opposes the legislation.

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