…the sort of abortions where nobody has any doubt that the nervous system of the child being ripped limb from limb feels every agonizing pain inflicted on him or her.
It is also worth noting that three Democrats–Casey, Manchin and Donnelly–voted for it and a couple of GOP Senators opposed it. But the blockage falls squarely with the Dems, several of whom are vulnerable this November:
“Vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year like Sens. Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown, and Heidi Heitkamp, ought to vote in line with their constituents and support this compassionate bill,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, who is president of the anti-abortion advocacy organization Susan B. Anthony List said Monday morning. “Voting to keep the brutality of late-term abortion legal isn’t just morally abhorrent, it defies national consensus and is a major political liability.”
Despite the push, Heitkamp, Brown and McCaskill all voted against the bill.
Anti-abortion advocacy groups and Republicans were quick to highlight the votes Monday night.
“Senate Democrats, including Senators McCaskill, Tester, and Heitkamp, who are on the ballot in 2018, voted against this bill to protect unborn children,” said Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive Director Tim Head. Montana Sen. Jon Tester also voted against the bill and is up for re-election in a state Trump won.
January 29, 2018WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. The bill proposes to ban abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization.
“The U.S. Senate’s failure to adopt the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization, is appalling. Abortions performed in the second half of pregnancy usually involve brutally dismembering a defenseless unborn child, while also posing serious dangers to his or her mother. The Senate’s rejection of this common-sense legislation is radically out of step with most Americans. Opinion polls consistently show that a strong majority of the public opposes late-term abortions—including those who self-identify as ‘pro-choice’. Furthermore, the United States is currently one of only seven countries that allows abortions beyond 20-weeks. The other six are North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands. The Senate must rethink its extreme stance on late-term abortions. I call upon the public to tell the Senate that this vote is absolutely unacceptable.”
The Dems, if they had any brains at all, would support this legislation–would lead the charge to pass it–and instantly take the wind from GOP sails. But in their folly, they hand a sword to the GOP that may well cost them the midterms.
Meanwhile, the Party of Trump has an easy fake “victory of conscience” as it continues to use the unborn as human shields for every other assault on the dignity of human life it passionately pursues.
Sauron and Saruman are not enemies, but allies.