Senate Democrats defeat bill to ban abortions after 5 months

“If this bill becomes the law of the land, it would be the first time that Congress has significantly and meaningfully advanced the pro-life agenda over a decade.”


The Senate on Tuesday failed to muster enough votes to advance a bill that would prevent most late-term abortions for concern that fetuses would feel pain during the procedure. Lawmakers voted 54 to 42, with Democrats blocking the measure. I deeply regret that this body failed today to vote for the voiceless, and ban late-term abortions and protect life. 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. According to a November 2014 Quinnipiac poll, more than 60 percent of the American people support this legislation, which passed the House of Representatives with a 242-184 vote in May.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, celebrated the bill’s defeat on Twitter.

“I am disappointed that the Senate has been denied the chance to consider this important bill, which is intended to protect the lives of a significant number of unborn children and has the support of the majority of Americans”, Cochran said.

“This is the best chance we have to advance a culture of life in this country.”

The version the Senate just voted on contains the revised language stating that to obtain an abortion after five months, a woman must have obtained rape counseling at least 48 hours beforehand.

“These videos have given us the opportunity because they have awakened America’s conscience, and this legislation, if passed, would save the lives of thousands of unborn children.”


Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a statement following this week’s vote that argued it is “morally wrong to inflict pain on an innocent human being”, suggesting that those who voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are allowing such painful abortions to take place.

McConnell faces a balancing act within Republican ranks as some social conservatives have threatened to use the looming government shutdown as leverage to restrict abortions or end federal funding to Planned Parenthood