Senators Will Push Pro-Life Amendments on Abortion to Budget Bill

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2013   |   12:05PM   |   Washington, DC

When members of the U.S. Senate vote tomorrow on the budget bill, they will consider a wide range of amendments on various political topics, including three that focus on the issue of abortion.

As the Senate continues the debate on the Budget Resolution, pro-life amendments will be filed and therefore may be considered as part of Vote-a-Rama Senate Democrats have planned for changes to the must-pass bill to keep government running and funded. Votes on these amendments are expected as soon as Friday.

A Capitol Hill pro-life contact provided LifeNews with the synopsis of the three amendments that are known at this time:

Senator Lee’s District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Summary:  This amendment expresses the Sense of the Senate regarding the abortion of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. As you may know, the DC Council repealed all limits on abortion, therefore making abortion legal for any reason to the moment of birth. The amendment states that abortion should be unlawful past 20 weeks fetal age (also referred to as 20 weeks post-fertilization age), except if necessary to save the life of the mother.

Senator Rubio’s Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

Summary:  This amendment expresses the Sense of the Senate that legislation should be enacted to require that an abortionist, before performing an abortion on a minor from a different state, must first notify one parent, unless the minor is the victim of sexual abuse or faces a life-endangering emergency, or has received permission from a court. Further, it says that legislation should be enacted to make it a federal crime to transport a minor across a state line in circumvention of a state law requiring parental involvement in the minor’s abortion.

Senator Vitter’s Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

Summary:  This amendment expresses the Sense of the Senate that legislation should be enacted to ban sex-selection abortions in the United States. There are now four studies from liberal academic institutions proving sex-selection in the U.S.:  U.C. Berkeley, U. of Texas, U. of Connecticut, and Columbia University, whose 2008 report found that there is “strong son bias” within selected American communities as revealed in census data and “clear evidence of sex-selection, most likely at the prenatal stage.” The victims of sex-selection abortion are overwhelmingly female, and most sex-selection abortions are grisly, later-term abortions, likely occurring after the child becomes “pain-capable.” The United States is believed to be the only advanced country that does not restrict sex-selection through law. Sex-selection abortion bans consistently poll between 86% and 93% positively, making this initiative the most widely supported of all pro-life efforts.



Meanwhile, Senator David Vitter of Louisiana will be speaking on the Senate floor in favor of his PRENDA amendment at 1:45 p.m. ER today. You can watch his remarks here.

ACTION: Go to to find contact information for your senators to urge them to support these three pro-life amendments.