Senate Dems Block Republicans From Stripping Women Of Rights

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) came under fire after his comments regarding a controversial abortion bill that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth. Those criticizing Northam said that he indicated that a child could be killed after birth.

Spurred by Northam’s comments, an anti-infanticide bill touted by Republicans was blocked by Senate Democrats.

According to The Washington Examiner:

‘The abortion bill introduced in the Senate had the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said during his opening remarks on the Senate floor Monday that the legislation was “the very definition of something that might receive unanimous consent.’

On the Senate floor, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NB), who authored the bill, said:

‘You’re either for babies or you’re defending infanticide. That’s literally what this bill is about.’

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) rejected the motion to pass Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Sasse had sought to pass the bill by unanimous consent which meant that one senator could stop it by objecting.

According to The Washington Examiner:

‘Murray said in objecting to the call for unanimous consent the U.S. already had laws against infanticide, and accused Sasse of misrepresenting the purpose of his legislation.’

What it amounted to was GOP senators attempting to pressure Democrats to state whether they believe any limits should be placed on abortion. The Washington Examiner reported:

‘The bill would have built on the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which clarified that “every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development” is a “person” for all federal law purposes. That law was intended to clarify that babies were supposed to receive protections if they survived an abortion, and Sasse’s bill further clarifies what level of care they are supposed to receive, including being immediately transferred to a hospital.’

Sasse quoted Governor Northam on the floor while saying:

‘(he) tarnished the American idea of equality under the law.’

Susan B. Anthony list, an anti-abortion organization condemned the outcome of the bill. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of SBA List, said in a statement:

‘Senate Democrats had the chance today to prove they are not the party of infanticide, and instead they doubled down on extremism. The Democratic Party’s agenda of abortion on demand through birth and even beyond is radically out of step with the standards of decency the overwhelming majority of Americans expect from their leaders.’

More legislation is likely to follow in the current climate. With a majority of conservative justices on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion activists are awaiting the overturn of the historic Roe V. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in 1973.

Democrat political consultant Monica Klein told Fox News host Tucker Carlson:

‘I think that right now, reproductive health care is under attack by the Republican Party.  Seventy-two percent of Americans support right to choose. We have [President Donald] Trump and sexual predator [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh trying to repeal Roe v. Wade and trying to take away our control over our own bodies. This isn’t about babies. This is about health care, this is about you attempting to control women’s bodies.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XFJcw5eYjs

Klein is exactly right and it is something we all must fight against.

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