WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked action against legislation that would ban nearly all abortions within 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose criminal penalties on physicians who fail to aggressively abstain from abortion after a new abortion. , which Republicans hope to use to their advantage in the 2020 election.
The two measures, both lacking the 60 votes needed to advance, were doomed from the start, already failing in the Senate. But Tuesday’s rally, designed by Majority Leader Senator Mitt Macron, created an energy saving for social conservatives and put centrist Democrats in the midst of tough re-election campaigns on the issue that could help deepen the culture in the country.
“Every senator today will be able to express a clear moral position,” said Kentucky Republican Rep. Macron, adding: “At the very least, elective abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy.”
Voting, which largely fell on party lines, came as President Trump, who called himself “the first president in American history” to oppose abortion, the central theme of his presidency and his re-election campaign. choice. The debate has been emotional and fierce, as Republicans have repeatedly accused Democrats of approving the killing of children, a claim that has no real basis.
The votes forced the mediators of the two parties to cross party lines. Senators Susan Collins, Maine Republican and Democrat Douglas Ons, of Alabama, both faced hard-line re-election, each sharing his vote in support of one bill, but not the other, as Alaska did.
Democrats, who have long accused Republicans of waging a war against women’s reproductive rights, have revived that line of attack. They accused Mr. Macron’s policy in the Senate “showing votes” by means that he knew would fail while refusing to pass hundreds of bills already passed by the House of Representatives, including protecting women’s health.
“After weeks of protests when President Trump’s impeachment trial prevented the Senate from doing the people’s business, this is what Senate Republicans have proposed: False, dishonest, extreme legislation that has nothing to do with improving the lives of ordinary Americans, “said Sen. Jacques Schumer, a New York Democrat and minority leader.
The two bills focus on abortions that occur at the end of pregnancy, which are extremely rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that abortions after 20 weeks make up 1.2 percent of abortions In 2016, the most recent period was studied. Both have names that say defenders of abortion rights are called to mislead and fear in American society.
First Bill: “Act on the protection of unborn unborn child with Pain“- sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, which bans almost all abortions within 20 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions. For example, rape victims should first be consulted. Competitors claim that the fruit can feel pain within 20 weeks, citing his own review of scientific literature, and a recent article in the Journal of Medical Journals states that “neuroscience cannot clearly rule out fetal pain for up to 24 weeks.” But Medical experts who advocate abortion rights say there is no evidence.
It was reduced to the required 60 by seven votes, unable to win by 53 to 44. Two Republicans, Mrs Collins and Mrs Murkowski, crossed the party to vote against. Two Democrats, West Virginia’s Jann Manchin III and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, voted in favor.
Second, The Law on the Protection of Survivors of Abortion“- sponsored by Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse, doctors are required to” perform due diligence in the case of a child who has had abortion or abortion attempts. ” According to experts, such circumstances are extremely unusual, but the measure will be used in cases where the baby is not viable outside the womb and doctors are pushing for work as a means to terminate pregnancy. The bill would punish doctors for fines and imprisonment if they did not.
That bill failed, with 56 to 44, with Mr. Casey, Mr. Mancini and Mr. J Jones joining all 53 Republicans to vote. The two Democrats, who were scheduled to take part in Tuesday’s presidential debate in South Carolina – Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Clobuchar of Minnesota, were both out of favor.
“This is about babies. That’s the real legislation, ”Mr. Sasse said for a moment, insisting that Democrats hide behind euphemisms. “We are talking about killing newborns.”
Thus, Illinois Senator Richard Dur. Darbin, a Democrat # 2, has said that the baby was already a crime. He is quoted the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, An abortion doctor in Philadelphia, who was convicted in 2013 of three counts of first-degree murder after aborting abortions on poor pregnant women, is now in jail. “That’s why I think your bill is inappropriate,” he told Mr. Sase.
Mr. Sas argued that doctors and abortion clinics were dealing with “passive babies”, avoiding the care of newborns who survived abortion. “That’s what we need to prevent, and that’s what this legislation is about,” he said.
The bill caught the attention of conservatives last year when the Virginia legislature debated a bill to freeze abortion access restrictions. Mr. Trump and Republicans took advantage of Democratic commentator Ralph Northam’s comment, discussing with the radio broadcaster what would happen in the rare cases when a mother wanted to terminate her pregnancy.
“The newborn baby will be resurrected if it is the mother and the family, so discussions will begin between the doctors and the mother,” Mr Northam replied. Commentary by Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, He said it was equal to supporting “legitimate infants.”
But Dr. Carla Alba, a reproductive health practitioner, a New York-based group working to expand access to reproductive health care, said it was simply not true.
“As a physician who performs abortion care, my goal is to provide safe, compassionate care to all my patients,” she said. “Such misinformation is often used by anti-abortion groups to abort abortion care providers.”