U.S. House passes abortion rights bill, expected to fail in Senate

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to protect abortion services against growing Republican-backed state restrictions, including a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, but it is unlikely to pass the Senate. The Democratic-controlled House voted 218-211 largely along party lines to pass the legislation called the Women’s Health Protection Act. Just one Democrat voted against the proposal. The bill would protect abortion services and pre-empt many of the restrictions that Republicans have passed at the state level, such as those…

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