The Senate defeated a filibuster supported by most Republicans against the latest pro-abortion judicial nominee President Barack Obama put forward, Andrew Hurwitz.
Senators achieved the necessary 60 votes to stop the filibuster and invoke cloture — with all Democrats except West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voting to end the filibuster against federal appeals court nominee Andrew Hurwitz and all but 8 Republicans voting to support the block on him. Republican Sens. McCain, Kyl, Alexander, Brown, Snowe, Collins, Lugar and Murkowski voted with Democrats to allow the pro-abortion nomination to move ahead.
Obama added to his pro-abortion record by placing yet another abortion activist in nomination to a top federal appeals court — this time a lawyer credited with helping craft the Roe v. Wade decision. He appointed Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court, the most liberal appeals court in the country based in San Francisco and covering laws approved in western states.