Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, voted to block two bills that would have protected pre-born babies in the United States from abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and required clinics and hospitals to provide basic medical treatment to infants born alive after a failed abortion.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), received only 53 votes in favor of the motion to proceed (44 against), seven votes short of the required 60. Democrat presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were the only three senators who did not vote, but all three voted “no” on the 2015 and 2018 versions of the bill. Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Ark.) voted “no” on the motion to proceed.
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world, including China and North Korea, that allows elective abortion after this point, despite the scientific research proving that pre-born children can certainly feel pain by 20 weeks—and quite possibly much earlier.
According to a 2020 Marist poll, 55 percent of Americans support banning abortion after five months. This includes 45 percent of self-identified pro-choicers. A WomanTrend poll from 2017 found that 78 percent of millennial voters, 67 percent of women voters, and 70 percent of African American voters all support abortion bans after five months.
Also today, Democrats tried to position the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a radical assault on the bodily autonomy of women and an intrusion of the government into medical decisions, but it was nothing of the sort. This bill came up just four votes short of moving to final vote (56-41). This bill would have mandated that babies born alive after botched abortions could not be left to die or killed outside the womb.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) claimed that the legislation would “harm women,” and all the act would have done is prohibit abortionists from leaving infant children to die painful and unnecessary deaths after they’ve already been born.
Because both bills were blocked, neither will proceed to a final vote for passage.