We are deeply disappointed that yesterday evening the Senate failed
to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have
banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation when babies feel pain.
The bill had already passed the House and received support from the
The vote was 51-46 in the Senate falling short just 9 votes to
reach the 60-vote threshold needed to pass the bill into law.Â Â
Three Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of the
legislation, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey Jr. of
Pennsylvania, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Two Republicans failed to
vote for life, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Senator John McCain was absent.
This vote not only failed to acknowledge fundamental science but it
ignored the voice of the majority of Americans. According to a recent
Marist and Knights of Columbus poll, 76% of Americans donâ€™t support
abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
In a statement President Trump said,
â€śRecently, when I addressed the 45th annual March for Life, I
called on the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection
Act, important legislation that would protect our most vulnerable. It
is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of
U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration.
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
We asked you to take action and contact your Senators before this
important vote â€“ and nearly six thousand of you did just that and
joined us in prayer â€“ Thank you!
This wonâ€™t be the last time there is a vote to acknowledge the
findings of science, already revealed in scripture, to protect the
most vulnerable in our society.
The battle for the most fundamental of all human rights â€“ life â€“ is
far from over.
In fact, this spring in the midterm primaries and in the fall
midterm general elections, we have the opportunity to once again
choose who represents us in office. It is our chance to select
candidates who boldly support the sanctity of life.
Check to see how your Senator voted on this bill and
take special note of the Senators who voted no and are facing
re-election this year.
This failed Senate vote should be a reminder to us that the stand
we take in the ballot box is really a declaration. Our generation will
one day stand before God and answer as to what we did to protect the
babies knit together by God in the womb.Â
We will continue to stand together on this Biblical issue of
United. We Stand.