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Following up on last week’s scoop, Politico reported Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s February draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade remains the only draft circulated in the Dobbs v. Jackson case, and that no conservative justice who initially sided with Alito has switched his or her vote thus far.
In a largely symbolic vote on Wednesday, Senate Democrats failed to advance legislation that would have established a federal right to abortion nationwide with next to no restrictions. The measure came 11 votes shy of the 60 required to pass, as all Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. “[Democrats are] trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said, explaining his opposition. “This is not the same. It expands abortion.”
In light of recent protests surrounding the leaked draft opinion, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley announced Wednesday Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the U.S. Marshals Service to “help ensure the justices’ safety” by providing additional support to the marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court police. The Senate unanimously advanced legislation on Monday that would extend security protections to justices’ immediate family members, but it has yet to pass the House.