Senate Votes On GOP’s Anti-Abortion Bill & The Decision Hit Hard

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Currently, the criminal president has declared a national emergency over poor, brown people at the border, scientists say climate change is the real threat to the safety of the planet and drastic measures need to be taken, and 100 people are killed by guns every day, yet the Senate voted today on yet another bill to restrict abortion access.

The legislation was written by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and needed 60 votes to pass. It was shot down by most Democrats as well as several Republican Senators. Democrats Doug Jones (AL), Joe Manchin (WV), and Bob Casey, Jr. (PA) voted to advance the bill, but the vote fell short at 53-44.

The bill would have punished doctors who are found to have failed to properly treat babies who survive third-trimester abortions. While Sasse and other Republicans insisted that the bill was solely meant to protect newborn babies, critics of the bill said that supporters in the Senate had so misrepresented facts that they could not support it. Most found it to be a solution without a problem.

The Washington Post reports that:

‘Opponents of the bill argued that it represented an unjustified attack on abortion rights, preventing doctors from exercising their best medical judgment and exposing them to possible lawsuits or prosecution.’

Sen. Tim Kaine added his reasons for voting against the bill.

‘Congress reaffirmed that fact with its passage of the bipartisan Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002. I support that law, which is still in effect. There is no need for additional federal legislation on this topic.’

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