Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Pro-Abortion Senate Democrats Hoped to Enshrine Abortion on Demand in Federal Law

Cloture Vote on the S. 4132, the So-Called “Women’s Health Protection Act,” Fails 49-51

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would have enshrined abortion in federal law and policies and overridden nearly all existing state laws.

The motion failed by a vote of 49-51.

“The abortion zealotry of the Democrat majority in the Senate was on full display during today’s vote,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “This far-reaching legislation is all about entrenching abortion on demand in federal law and running roughshod over the will of the American people. This legislation would endanger the lives of women and their unborn babies.”

No Republicans supported the measure, and they were joined in their opposition by only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.). This extremist legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance, failed to even garner a majority of U.S. Senators.

“This legislation would have made sweeping changes, including expanding taxpayer funding of abortion, and eliminating requirements that a woman be given information about the development of her unborn child so she can make an informed decision,” stated Tobias.

S. 4132 would invalidate most previously enacted federal limits on abortion, including federal conscience protection laws and most, if not all, limits on government funding of abortion.

S. 4132 would invalidate state laws on elective abortion after 20 weeks — laws that are supported by sizeable majorities nationwide. These abortions occur past the point at which unborn children can experience pain. Additionally, S. 4132 would invalidate state laws limiting abortion even after viability, unless they allow each abortionist to abort based on his assertion that an abortion will preserve emotional “health.”

S. 4132 would invalidate state laws that provide women with specific information on their unborn child (informed consent requirements) before receiving an abortion, including: the providing of information about whether her child can feel pain, the ability to view her unborn child on an ultrasound or hear her baby’s heartbeat, the providing of information about fetal development, information that a medication abortion can possibly be reversed, and even information regarding legal responsibilities of biological fathers to provide economic support if she decides to carry her child to term.

S. 4132 would also invalidate state laws regarding parental involvement and consent of a minor’s abortion.

“This legislation would nullify nearly all existing protective state laws,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life. “In addition, this legislation also would have prohibited states from adopting new protective laws in the future, even laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Popik continued, “According to pro-abortion groups, if this law were enacted, abortion-on-demand would be allowed in all 50 states, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. With this bill, elective abortion would become the procedure that must always be facilitated – never delayed, never impeded to the slightest degree.”