US Senate Democrats blocked bill banning late-term abortion

Vastavam web: US Senate Democrats blocked a controversial measure today that would ban and criminalise abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, scuttling a longtime priority of conservatives in Congress.President Donald Trump described the failure of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as “disappointing,” and urged senators to reconsider.Congressional Republicans have for years sought to pass legislation that restricts abortion in the United States, despite the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling upholding a woman’s right to end a pregnancy.

The bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks but provide exceptions for rape, incest and critical health risks to the mother, passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in October.”You’re on the right side of history,” Graham argued to supporters on the Senate floor. “You’re where America will be, it’s just a matter of time when we get there.” The effort received support from Democrats Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly and Joe Manchin — three senators up for re-election this year in states won by President Donald Trump in 2016.”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.”

Conservative groups have pointed to advancements in science that have allowed a small but increasing number of premature babies to survive outside the womb after five months of gestation.”They will scrunch their eyes, they’ll clench their hands, they pull back their limbs in response to pain, just like any other child,” she said.Trump, Graham and others noted that the United States is among just seven nations, including China and North Korea, that permit abortions after 20 weeks.Several Democrats pushed back against the legislation, framing it as a war against access to safe and affordable health care for women.