Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid refused to say if there should be any limits on abortions when asked by The Weekly Standard. However, he did tell reporters at a press conference that he would not support the bill to ban abortion after 20-weeks of pregnancy. He said, “If you dissect this bill they have, no reasonable person could vote for this. It’s a bad bill, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to vote for it.”
Then he said he believes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is bringing the bill up for a vote because the Pope is visiting Congress. He said, “He’s doing it for reasons I’m not sure anyone appreciates. But he’s doing it because the pope’s coming here.”
The Weekly Standard pressed Sen. Reid on if he thinks there should be any limits to abortion and he declined to comment twice. They asked, “So you’re not willing to say whether there should be limits on when an abortion should be?” In response, Sen. Reid said, “The question’s on this bill. And this bill’s going nowhere.”
As LifeNews previously reported, next week the U.S. Senate plans to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which relies on the science of fetal pain to establish a Constitutional reason for Congress to ban abortions late in pregnancy. In 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1797 and it was modeled off of National Right to Life’s model that has been passed 10 other states.
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In a nationwide poll of 1,003 registered voters the Polling Company found that 64% would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, unless the life of the mother is in danger. Only 30% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 63%-31% in support of such a law, and 63% of independent voters supported it.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Sen. Reid has spoken out against pro-life legislation. In fact, in August, Reverend Franklin Graham criticized him for opposing legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood and said the minority leader has lost his “moral compass.” Graham’s comments came after videos were released showing Planned Parenthood’s top executives haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts and discussing ways to alter abortion procedures to obtain salable organs.
On Facebook, Graham said, “Senator Harry Reid outrageously declared yesterday that Republicans had ‘lost their moral compass’ after they were unable to get the 60 votes needed to move the bill in Congress forward that would defund Planned Parenthood. You’ve got it backwards Senator Reid. You lost your moral compass years ago! You openly support abortion – the murder of babies in their mothers’ wombs – and now by backing Planned Parenthood you obviously support the dismemberment and sale of baby body parts.”
“Shame on you and each one in Congress who did not support defunding Planned Parenthood. One day you will stand before God, and the blood of these innocent children will cry out for justice,” he concluded.