The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Fails to Pass Senate
The Senate blocked a bill on Monday to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill passed the House and the President had vowed to sign the bill into law if it made it to his desk. At five months into a pregnancy, a baby is about 6 1/2 inches long, and he or she is capable of feeling pain.
The US remains only one of seven countries that permit this, alongside China and North Korea.
“There’s a reason there are only 7 countries in the world that allow this,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on the Senate floor this week. “The question for America is do we want to stay in this club. Or do we want to get out. I want out.”
Susan B. Anthony List’s polling data shows that the majority of voters in 2018 battleground states such as Missouri, Ohio, and North Dakota, support limiting abortions after five months.
In a statement released by the White House Monday night, President Trump said, “We must defend those who cannot defend themselves. I urge the Senate to reconsider its decision and pass legislation that will celebrate, cherish, and protect life.”
These are the Democrats up for re-election in 2020 that voted against the bill: Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Montana’s Jon Tester.
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