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Jan 30, 2018 by Abigail Sanchez

Senate Votes Against Protecting Babies After 20 Weeks In The Womb

Yesterday in the Senate, 46 Senators voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would've protected babies from being aborted after 20 weeks in utero, at which point it is scientifically proven they can feel pain.

This vote kept America among the only seven nations in the world that still allow this, including North Korea and China.

The pro-life legislation passed the House in the fall, but despite their commendable and logical efforts to protect the unborn pain-feeling children in this nation, the vote in the Senate did not yield enough votes in favor of the bill to pass it.

The count of the vote was 51-46, with 51 voting in favor of the bill (including Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Doug Jones (D-AL)) and 46 voting against moving it forward (including Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)). The bill needed 60 Senatorial votes in its favor to pass.

Pro-life lawmakers and activists are not giving up the fight for life. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called the failed bill a "small setback" and is confident that if we continue fighting for the pro-life cause we will win and it'll become legislature.

Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Fund, said that Senators are wasting their time putting politics ahead of health care and they "disregarded the crucial importance of abortion access as healthcare". She considers this act and others like it "continued evidence that politicians seek to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to abortion".

Despite pro-choice activists celebrating their victory, organizations that choose to protect unborn babies, especially in supporting this bill protecting pain-capable 20-week-old ones, are determined to keep showing people the good that motivates the pro-life movement.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told CBN News, "We promise that in several of these states – the states where it will have the highest impact – that we will definitely take our troops door-to-door."

President Donald Trump said in a statement that followed the vote, "Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at twenty weeks. The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 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."

Trump commented that it's "disappointing" this bill won't be looked at for further consideration in the Senate.

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