During consideration of the massive spending bills in the Senate, senators took multiple votes on pro-life issues. The Senate approved an amendment that could stop taxpayer-funding of abortions but defeated an amendment that would ban late-term abortions on babies after 20 weeks.
The Senate also voted on a measure sponsored by pro-life Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe that would ban taxpayer-funding of abortions on babies who have Down Syndrome.
But Democrats are so radically pro-abortion they defeated this common sense measure to ensure that babies with the condition are not targeted in abortions. They defeated the amendment 50-49 with every Democrat voting against it except for Joe Manchin of West Virginia and every Republican voting for it except for Susan Collins of Maine.
“We thank the pro-life champions in the Senate for their tireless work to protect unborn children and their mothers,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.
Previously Inhofe and other pro-life senators introduced a bill to ban abortions on babies with Down syndrome.
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In January 2021, Rubio, Inhofe, and colleagues reintroduced the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act (S. 75), which would ban providers from knowingly performing an abortion being sought solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
“All individuals have inherent value, regardless of their age, status, disability, race, sex or any other factor,” the senators wrote. “Despite popular social narratives regarding the need to protect society’s weak and marginalized, unborn babies—the most vulnerable individuals in our society—are continually targeted through abortion.”
“We must protect babies with Down syndrome from being targeted for lethal discrimination by abortion,” the senators continued. “Therefore, we strongly urge you to bring the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act to the Senate floor for a vote during the June work period.”
Lately, prominent pro-abortion groups, including NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have been arguing openly that abortions are ok for any reason, including discrimination and sex-selection.
“EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” Colleen McNicholas, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, told the AP in 2019 when Missouri passed a law that bans sex-selection and Down syndrome-based abortions.
If upheld, these laws could protect thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year. Unborn babies with Down syndrome are targeted for abortions at astronomical rates. Many believe sex-selection abortions also occur in the U.S., though data is limited.
A CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2011, according to CBS.
North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana also passed laws to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. However, in 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to lift a block on the Indiana law. A judge also recently blocked the Missouri law.
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