Last night, the Senate failed to meet the 60-vote threshold to pass a ban on abortions performed on children 20 weeks or older, who can feel the pain of the procedure.
Two Republicans joined the 44 Democrats who voted against the abortion ban.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, but it had strong support among many Republicans, who argued that viable unborn children who would suffer from an abortion procedure should be protected.
A 20-week abortion ban isn’t an extreme issue. According to the Washington Times, 60% of Americans support a ban on unborn babies once they begin to feel pain.
Republicans expected to fall short on the vote, but they were hoping for a few Democrat defections, as they thought some would not go on the record voting against it. Still, two Republicans voted against the ban.
Two Republican senators helped kill a 20-week abortion ban in the Senate on Monday evening.
The Senate voted 51-46 in favor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was short of the 60 votes required to proceed to a final vote under current Senate rules.
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine both voted against the bill, which would have prohibited abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks, the age at which they can feel pain, with exceptions in cases rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain was absent as he battles brain cancer in his home state.
Three Democratic Sens. voted in favor of the bill: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
Pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List immediately announced the organization would target four Democratic senators from Trump states who opposed the ban and are up for re-election in 2020: Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Montana’s Jon Tester.
.@SBAList announces tonight it has launched ad campaigns against Democratic senators who opposed the Pain-Capable bill: Brown (Ohio), McCaskill (Missouri), Heitkamp (North Dakota), and Tester (Montana). All are up for re-election this year in Trump states.
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) January 30, 2018