Editor’s note. On Tuesday pro-life Republican senators eloquently and with great passion made the case to move past a filibuster (‘invoke cloture’) in order to have a real Senate debate over whether it is acceptable to kill unborn babies capable of experiencing excruciating pain as they are annihilated and if we think it’s acceptable to allow abortion survivors to die without treating them—correctly described as “passive infanticide”–the same way we would any premature baby born at the same age.
Invoking cloture requires 60 votes.
Tragically, but not surprisingly, the final vote was 53-44 in favor of cloture on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (S. 3275) and 56-41 in favor of cloture on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (S. 311). The former was sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The latter was sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Both of these Senators’ remarks were posted yesterday.
The failure to secure 60 votes was entirely because of virtually-unanimous Democratic opposition.
As we reported Tuesday, the Trump Administration released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) strongly supporting the bills and stating that President Trump would sign into law both pieces of legislation.
We continue posting remarks made Tuesday. The following are the remarks of Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.)
Madam President, I come to the floor to support the two pro-life bills being considered this week and to stand with my friend and colleague from Nebraska in his efforts to promote the legislation that is before us, for both of these bills promote respect for innocent human life.
Senator Lindsey Graham’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban nearly all abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. As a doctor, I know that it is medically proven that babies do feel pain at 20 weeks.
Americans overwhelmingly oppose these third-trimester abortions. Yet the United States remains one of only seven countries in the world to allow abortions after 5 months. This group includes China, and it includes North Korea. We need to do much better.
The Graham bill puts us on higher ground with the rest of the world. It says, at 5 months, which is 20 weeks, abortion on demand must stop. It includes exceptions for rape, for incest, and for the life of the mother. I strongly support this effort by Senator Graham, and I applaud him for his tremendous work on this issue.
I also stand here on the floor to say I strongly support what Senator Sasse has been saying about his specific bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Senator Sasse is another champion on life issues.
The Sasse bill affirms that infanticide is illegal. It upholds the right of all U.S.-born babies to full medical care. Every baby born in this country deserves every chance to live. …Both the Graham and the Sasse bills fully protect mothers from either prosecution or penalty.
Both measures demonstrate character, and they demonstrate courage. These are bills that care for our children, and they do what is medically right.
Thanks to all of those who work to protect innocent human life, we are here on the floor, debating, promoting, and asking for a vote to pass this legislation.
I urge all Senators to support these life-affirming bills.