Bill to Ban Abortion on Babies Capable of Feeling Pain Blocked in Senate
Ben Johnson : Sep 23, 2015
"It should sicken every American that our elected leaders refuse to protect the most vulnerable in our society, even when science has proven that at just 20 weeks old, children in the womb can feel the intense pain of the abortionists’ tools tearing their arms and legs from their bodies."
(Washington, DC)—Senate Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have protected babies capable of feeling pain from being aborted. (Photo: Sen. Harry Reid/via Wikipedia)
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553) received a majority of votes in the Republican-controlled chamber, by a vote of 54-42. But it fell short of the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic filibuster.
Restoring the procedural block was one of the first moves made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he assumed leadership in January. The filibuster had been abolished by his predecessor, Democrat Harry Reid, who used the opportunity to push through vast swaths of President Barack Obama's legislative agenda and pro-abortion judicial nominees.
Pro-life critics, especially Sen. Ted Cruz, have criticized Mitch McConnell for holding "show votes" that he knew would be thwarted in the chamber.
Three pro-life Democrats—Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania—voted yes.
Two Republicans, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine, voted no.
Presidential hopefuls cast their vote on the bill, as well. Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio all voted yes. Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted against the measure.
"[Yesterday’s] failure of the Senate to pass a law preventing most abortions after babies are old enough to feel pain is beyond belief," said Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action. "It should sicken every American that our elected leaders refuse to protect the most vulnerable in our society, even when science has proven that at just 20 weeks old, children in the womb can feel the intense pain of the abortionists’ tools tearing their arms and legs from their bodies."
"Every senator who voted against this legislation is telling the public loud and clear that he supports the barbaric, horrific practice of tearing limb from torso and poisoning to death five-month, seven-month, and even eight-month-old babies in the womb," she said.
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