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Senate Democrats shoot down pro-life bills

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/26/20, 11:16 am

WASHINGTON—A bill protecting infants who survive abortions died before reaching a final vote. Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked two pro-life bills, including the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have required doctors to provide medical assistance to babies who survive botched abortions. Republicans needed 60 votes to advance the bills to a floor vote but only managed to garner 56.

Were there any surprises? Three Democrats voted yes: Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Casey and Manchin also wanted a final vote on a measure that would protect unborn babies from most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Hickman’s report in Vitals about Republican efforts to bring back the Born-Alive bill in Congress.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • GH
    Posted: Wed, 02/26/2020 12:53 pm

    Why do serious minded religious conservatives vote Republican?

    How can they do otherwise given such moral atrocities?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/26/2020 03:31 pm

    GH, I’m in complete agreement with you. The Democratic Party's decades-long insistence on the “right” to kill one’s own child makes it near impossible for me to vote “D,” even for a so-called moderate Democrat. 

    And I do not consider myself a Republican, but an independent. 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Thu, 02/27/2020 02:25 am

    And why don't you consider yourself a Republican when they have been fighting the culture war - including abortion? 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/27/2020 10:17 pm

    Cyborg3, I was once an active member of my county Republican Party Committee. But I gradually noticed too many politicians of both major parties who told us how important our views are, but ignored them once they got elected. It became apparent a lot of the “professional politician class” had more interest in “going along to get along,” than in sticking their necks out.  They made little effort to fight abortion, illegal immigration, an increasing deficit, unfair Chinese trade practices, etc., despite a majority of their constituents supporting them precisely because they said they would take those positions in Washington DC. 

    I always vote pro-life and conservative and that still means Republican. I financially support individual Republican candidates too. But I won’t send money to any of the Party committees, because they disburse funds to the party hacks as well as the principled candidates. 

    I do not just support candidates running to represent my state, either.  I look for close races in other states with a Republican with an excellent voting record, and support their campaigns. 

    Its not enough for me to say, “well, my Arkansas Senators and Representatives are on the right side,” if their votes are swallowed up by Dem majorities from other states.

    And if anyone wonders why I strongly support President Trump, that is answered in my first paragraph.