On Tuesday, Feb 25, the US Senate rejected two major pro-life bills, failing to protect unborn babies.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act establishes new criminal offense for performing or attempting to perform an abortion if the unborn baby is 20 weeks or older. The violator would be subject to a fine and a prison term up to five years. The bill has been voted on 53 for and 44 against the motion to proceed in further action, failing to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Democratic filibuster against it. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act would have protected unborn children after 20 weeks, the point at which science greatly proves they can feel pain.

Lindsey Graham, who introduced the bill, tweeted,

“There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea.

The United States should NOT be in that club.”

The Senate also filibustered the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This act would have found an infant born after a failed abortion a legal person entitled to all protections of the law, and would require health care practitioners to take medical care of the infant to the same extent as prematurely born infant of the same age would be taken care of. The act states, “Whoever intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive described under subsection, shall be punished as under section 1111 of this title for intentionally killing or attempting to kill a human being.” This means unlike any other federal bill which has been previously passed in regards to born-alive infants after abortion, this one carries penalties to doctors which do not follow the law.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said,

“Every single Senate Republican knows that these bills cannot and will not pass but they’re putting them on the floor anyway to pander to the hard right. And to cover up the fact that they won’t provide good health care for women.”

Schumer and the Democrats are wrong with their radical far left views. Performing dilation and evacuation abortions on kicking and wiggling 20 week babies is not health care for women. Failing to give medical attention to born infants after failed abortions is not health care for women; leaving crying babies to die in hospitals for the sole reason that they were supposed to have been killed in the womb is pure evil. Republicans must continue to push pro-life bills. Only three democrats, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Machin of West Virginia voted for the bills to be brought to the floor. More democrats should follow suit and stand on the side of science and precious life.

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Rachel is a high school senior from New Jersey, planning to attend University of Scranton for political science. She hopes to attend law school following her four years in Scranton.

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