US Senate Rejects Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

It provides exceptions for certain instances of pregnancies resulting from incest, rape, or in which an abortion is needed to save the woman’s life.

Three Democrats sided with Republicans in favor of the legislation while two liberal Republicans voted no. “I hope that our Democratic colleagues will not obstruct the Senate from taking up this bill”. Slightly over 1 percent of abortions happen at 21 weeks or later, often because of the discovery of a fetal anomaly, or because a woman lacked income or other resources to obtain the procedure earlier.

“Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at twenty weeks”, Trump said in his statement. Although the enumerated legislative findings preceding the bill’s text suggest that a fetus can feel pain in the same way that a child or adult experiences pain, this claim is not medically accepted.

There is “no federal law protecting these young lives from abortion”, Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a vocal and strident abortion foe, told her colleagues from the floor.

Polling has found that 60 percent of Americans support a 20-week abortion ban.

She said it’s “only common sense that abortion be limited at the point at which the preborn infant feels great pain and the procedure is so unsafe for women”.

A piece of anti-abortion legislation criminalizing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has failed in the Senate.

“But because the minority blocked this bill, the brutality of painful late-term abortion – over 12,000 a year – will continue unrestricted”. Even socialist Norway prohibits abortion after just 12 weeks. The president’s election in 2016 ushered in a wave of anti-abortion victories in states like OH, where lawmakers adopted a 20-week abortion ban in December of that year. Do you think that the Senate would be voting on a unsafe 20-week abortion ban?

That’s a great question. First timer Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) also voted no.

In fact, some speculate that there may be another motive to this bill-to force Democrats in conservative states to publicly choose a side, particularly during an election year.

She says they are Sen. “It boils down to manipulating the masses”. In doing so, they have once again disregarded the crucial importance of abortion access as health care. President Donald Trump said he would have signed the measure if it had passed both houses of Congress.

But Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, said it was time for the Senate to act.

Supporters say the measure is necessary to ensure abortions are provided safely.

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