Earlier this month, President Donald Trump spoke at the March for Life, which is an annual march against abortion in Washington, D.C. While there, he urged the Senate to pass a bill banning abortions after twenty weeks. Specifically, President Trump said, “I call upon the Senate to pass this important law and send it to my desk for signing.”
Thankfully, it looks like the president’s words didn’t fall on deaf ears. This is because, just recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) moved to hold a vote early next week on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which is a historic pro-life bill that that was recently passed by the House of Representatives.
If it’s ultimately signed into law, the legislation would “prohibit an abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.”
Upon pushing the bill, otherwise known as H.R. 36, forward, McConnell stated, “now Congress has an opportunity to take a step forward…I’m pleased to have filed cloture on this bill to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain…And I look forward to voting for it early next week.”
Unsurprisingly, the details of the Donald Trump supported legislation have outraged countless supporters of abortion. One of the people most upset by the legislation is Amy Friedrich-Karnik, the Senior Federal Policy Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“Every woman faces her own unique circumstances in a pregnancy, her own unique challenges and potential complications. [This bill] inserts politicians into those decisions and into the doctor’s room,” complained Friedrich-Karnik, who called the bill a “direct attack on women’s autonomy.”
Fortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s much that Friedrich-Karnik and other supporters of abortion can do to stop the bill from becoming law since the legislation already has a massive amount of support in the Senate. One of the biggest supporters of the bill, for instance, is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Shortly after it was approved, President Trump went on Twitter and tweeted, “yesterday, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act…It’s a measure that would ban abortions at the point that unborn babies can feel pain…This legislation is a crucial step to recognizing the sanctity of life…It is my hope the Senate will swiftly take action to pass this bill and send it to @POTUS’s desk to be signed into law #Stand4Life.”
On top of that, following its passage in the House, the White House released a statement vocalizing their support for the legislation. “The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” they explained.
“America’s children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance, they continued, noting, “if H.R. 36 were presented to the president in its current form, his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law.”
To justify their support of the pro-life bill, they stated, “the bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires…H.R. 36 would generally make it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited exceptions,” adding, “additionally, the bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization.”
Despite this, however, passing the legislation may still be a bit of a challenge due to the fact that it needs to receive 60 votes in order to be approved. This means that there needs to also be some Democrats who vote for the bill since there are only 51 Republicans.
It may be possible to convince some Democrats to support the legislation, though. This is because, in addition to receiving an overwhelming amount of support from conservatives, the bill also had a bit of Democratic support from several House lawmakers who couldn’t help but turn their backs on their party and vote in favor of the legislation because they understand the value of life, which shows that opposing abortion is not necessarily a partisan issue.
Specifically, it received the support of Reps. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), who was a co-sponsor, Collin Peterson (D-MN), who also co-sponsored the bill, and Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
Hopefully, the Senate ultimately votes to approve H.R. 36. To help ensure that this happens, conservatives should consider reaching out to their local representatives and letting them know that they support the legislation. Doing so will help show them just how many people care about the lives of unborn children.