Last night’s Democrat-led Senate filibuster of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would make it illegal to abort a baby after 20 weeks, is an egregious and cowardly case of radical ideological politics coming at the expense of innocent life.
The Senate needed 60 votes in order to advance the bill. In the end, 51 senators voted for it and 46 against. Three Democrats crossed the aisle to support life – Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania) and Joe Donnelly (Indiana). On the GOP side, all but two (Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) supported the measure.
Monday’s vote demonstrates that the radical abortion lobby remains extremely well-funded. After all, polling suggests that the pain-capable legislation is popular and clearly in the mainstream of American life. This defeat ensures that, at least for the time-being, the United States remains one of just seven countries that allows for abortion on-demand beyond 20 weeks. The other countries are: North Korea, China, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Those who oppose protecting life in the womb beyond 20 weeks accuse us of being extreme, a fact that is simply wrong. Science now confirms that life outside the womb after 20 weeks is viable and sustainable. This is an undeniable fact.
What does it say about a country that will not protect its most vulnerable? No nation ultimately prospers that does not safeguard its most susceptible citizens.
This defeat does not signal the end of this campaign to defend pre-born life. Indeed, it is just a temporary setback on our journey to that day when all children are protected under law. Our resolve is undiminished because our cause is just.