Senate bid to save Roe v. Wade falls to GOP-led filibuster

  • Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the media about a procedural vote that did not pass on the Women's Health Protection Act to codify the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Vice President Kamala Harris hugs Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, after Harris spoke to the media about a procedural vote that did not pass on the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Wednesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The Senate fell far short Wednesday in a rushed effort toward enshrining Roe v. Wade abortion access as federal law, blocked by a Republican filibuster in a blunt display of the nation’s partisan divide over the landmark court decision and the limits of legislative action.