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Measure to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks Blocked by Senate Democrats (from Indiana Right to Life)
Indiana Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly Voted to Advance the Measure to Protect Life
WASHINGTON – Today, the majority of U.S. Senate Democrats voted against a procedural measure need to advance the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, thus defeating the bill 54-42. The procedural measure needed 60 votes to advance. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, was one of only three Democrats to support advancing the abortion ban. Sen. Dan Coats, a Republican, was an original cosponsor and voted to advance the life-saving measure.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy, the point at which research clearly shows unborn babies feel pain.
“We commend Senators Coats and Donnelly for listening to their constituents and voting to advance a measure aimed at protecting unborn human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Senator Coats took a bold stand early on, becoming an original cosponsor on the measure to protect pain capable children. We are thankful Sen. Donnelly put party politics aside and at least voted to allow the ban to move forward. Despite Sen. Donnelly’s pro-life claims, we had no idea how he felt about the Pain Capable bill and still have no idea how he would vote in a straight up and down vote. This procedural vote is a step in the right direction, but it’s a hollow victory as Senate Democrats continue to block the real vote.
“It’s unfortunate that Senate Democrats refuse to clearly recognize the humanity of these unborn babies. Babies in the second half of pregnancy feel pain, and many preterm babies are surviving outside of the womb with few long-term health effects. These babies deserve our nation’s protection. We will work to ensure the Pain Capable measure comes up again in the future.”
The U.S. House passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 13 with the support of all Indiana’s Republican representatives.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R.36 would extend general protection from abortion to unborn children beginning at 20 weeks fetal age — nationwide and could potentially save the lives of thousands of babies each year. You can read the full bill here.
From August 25-27, Meeting Street Research conducted a statewide survey of Indiana. The survey had a sample size of 500 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38%. Highlights from the polling:
- Sixty-six percent of all Hoosiers support this the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (compared to 28 percent opposed).
- Support for legislation picks up substantial support across party line with majorities of Republicans (78 percent), Independents (65 percent) and Democrats (53 percent) in support.
- Indiana women support this legislation in higher number than men. A majority (69 percent) of women support this legislation, including 72 percent of women ages 18-54
Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a bipartisan vote of 242-184. Additionally, 14 states have passed state-based versions of this legislation.
Source: Indiana Right to Life
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