Senate to vote on a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade

Senate Democrats will vote on Wednesday on a bill that would make Roe v. Wade the law of the land and head off a Supreme Court decision that could leave states the sole authority on whether to restrict abortion.

RELATED: Roe v. Wade protests outside Supreme Court after reported leak of draft opinion

The decision to move swiftly on legislation follows the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court Tuesday that suggests the nation’s highest court will overturn the landmark case that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion.

The bill – introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., late Tuesday evening – does not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the 50-50 Senate, but marks Democrats’ first legislative attempt to enshrine the right to abortion into law since the leak.

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