Editor’s note. On Tuesday pro-life Republican senators moved to ‘invoke cloture” (overcome a filibuster) so as to be able to debate the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham) and the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse). Both of these Senators’ remarks were posted yesterday.
Invoking cloture requires 60 votes and both attempts fell tragically short. The failure to secure 60 was entirely because of virtually-unanimous Democrat opposition.
We continue posting remarks made Tuesday. The following are the remarks of Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia). Earlier today we posted the remarks of John Barrasso (R-Wy.)
Madam President, at the heart of this debate is life. When I reflect on the importance of protecting innocent life, the story of Ellie Schneider comes to mind.
She is a child who was born at just 21 weeks 6 days in Kansas City. Ellie is one of the youngest babies to survive, in the United States, a premature birth. She was born so early that most hospitals in Missouri would not treat her, except for the faith-based hospital St. Luke’s.
She weighed only slightly more than a can of soda and was about as long as a piece of paper. She weighed just 14 ounces. At 21 weeks, the odds were stacked against her, but she is a fighter.
Through the power of prayer and an incredible medical team, Ellie is now a healthy, happy 2-year-old girl. She brings endless joy to her family.
Her inclusion in the President’s State of the Union Address is a powerful testament to life.
Ellie is an example that every child is a blessing worthy of protection, and we have a moral obligation to defend the born and unborn.
In today’s political climate, it is easy to forget that there are both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and people from every religious affiliation who believe in protecting the human rights of the unborn.
I am proud to be a cosponsor S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It sends a clear message by establishing the real consequences for those who kill or abandon innocent children after they are outside the mother’s womb. We should all be able to agree that once born, each baby deserves the right to proper access to medical care.
I also proudly support S. 3275, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which places much needed restrictions on elective abortions on children at 20 weeks post-conception. It is unconscionable that America is one of only seven countries that does not have a 20-week abortion ban. These countries include China, North Korea, and Vietnam.
While it is disheartening that this type of horrific practice needs congressional action, I am glad there are commonsense pieces of legislation that can address the atrocities of late-term abortion and severely punishes those in the business of taking the lives of our youngest human beings.
I pray that the American people will recognize that lives hang in the balance, will stand with us to get our Nation back on the right track, and will fight for the born and the unborn.
Being a voice for the voiceless requires us to take important steps, like passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.