These Five Senators Up for Re-Election Voted to Keep Abortions Legal Up to Birth

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 2, 2018   |   6:09PM   |   Washington, DC

Few Americans support late-term abortions but most of the Democrat senators who they elect do.

And it’s important for voters to remember just how extreme some of these elected representatives are when they go to the polls Nov. 6.

In January, the U.S. Senate had the opportunity to enact moderate restrictions on abortion. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have prohibited late-term abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. Neither Congress nor state legislatures can vote to ban all abortions under Roe v. Wade.

The bill had strong public support, and it would have made American abortion laws similar to those in Europe and other developed nations. The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks – a fact confirmed by the Washington Post.

The U.S. House passed the bill, but when it moved to the U.S. Senate, it failed. In total, 46 senators voted against the legislation, and 60 votes were required to overcome a filibuster.

A number of the politicians who voted to continue allowing late-term abortions are up for re-election this fall. They include U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Both pro-abortion Democrats face a big risk of losing their seats in the midterms.

Other pro-abortion votes came from U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jon Tester of Montana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, all of whom also are up for re-election this year.

After the vote, leading pro-life advocates blasted pro-abortion politicians for blocking the late-term abortion ban. The bill would have protected about 12,000 unborn babies from painful late-term abortions every year.

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“Americans should be outraged that pro-abortion Senate Democrats refuse to protect unborn babies who can feel pain. An overwhelming majority of Americans support this bill, including 56% of Democrats and 56% of those who identify as ‘pro-choice’,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee.

These pro-abortion senators do not represent their constituents on abortion. Polls repeatedly have confirmed that most Americans support restrictions on late-term abortions. A 2016 poll by the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend found that 64 percent of voters support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Support was even stronger among women and Millennials: 67 percent of women and 78 percent of young voters said they would support the legislation.

Voters should take note and consider the radical pro-abortion policies of the people who claim to represent them when they go to the polls Nov. 6.