Amy Klobuchar Defends Blocking Late-Term Abortion Ban: I Stand Behind Abortions Up to Birth

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 28, 2020   |   11:22AM   |   Washington, DC

Amy Klobuchar does not think late-term, pain-capable unborn babies deserve protection under the law.

On Thursday during a Fox News town hall, the Democrat presidential candidate said she opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain, Fox News reports.

Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, did not vote on the bill Tuesday in the U.S. Senate because she was campaigning, but “I would have voted with the Democrats,” she told Fox.

Despite strong public support for the legislation, Democrats blocked it from passing the Senate. Republicans do not have 60 votes in the chamber to overcome Democrats’ filibuster. The vote came after the White House indicated President Donald Trump would sign the bill into law.

Klobuchar said if she defeats Trump, she would work to ensure late-term abortions remain legal even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“I am strongly pro-choice, I always have been,” she said. “I would work with Congress to actually try to codify Roe v. Wade into law.”

When host Martha MacCallum asked her when life begins, Klobuchar refused to say.

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“I follow Roe v. Wade,” she replied, “and what Roe v. Wade allows for is the protection of a woman’s decision to make a decision about her own life, and of course by the third trimester there is some limits on that.”

MacCallum responded by pointing out that American abortion laws are radical compared to most other countries, the U.S. being one of only seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.

Klobuchar replied by defending late-term abortions again, saying, “I think the vast majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade.”

Actually, most Americans do not support Roe when they understand its full extent. Klobuchar’s views on abortion are radical and out of touch with most Americans. Her pro-abortion voting record includes opposing a bill to protect newborns from infanticide.

In December, she told Cosmopolitan that she would work to make abortion on demand an “American right” if elected president. She also would force taxpayers to fund the billion-dollar abortion industry.

In contrast, most Americans support strong limits on abortion and oppose taxpayer-funded abortions. Two recent polls show strong public opposition to abortion on demand.

A June Gallup poll also found that 60 percent of Americans want all (21%) or almost all (39%) abortions made illegal. In contrast, 38 percent said they want all (25%) or almost all (13%) abortions legal. Similarly, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6% of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child.”