Dems block 20-week abortion ban

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January 30, 2018

Democrats blocked a bill on Monday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a blow to anti-abortion groups that considered its passage a top priority for Congress in 2018.

The bill, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), was unable to get the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster and proceed to a vote, meaning the bill is effectively dead in the upper chamber.

The bill failed with a 51-46 vote. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were among those who voted “no.” Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D), who recently won in a special election against Republican candidate Roy Moore, also voted “no.”

Graham’s bill had little chance of passing the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority. It sailed through the House on a party-line vote, 237-189, in October.

Most Democrats voted against the bill Monday, except for Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Bob Casey (Pa.), all of whom are facing tough reelection bids in November.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    All these votes are going to matter when you stand at the pearly and explain why you would not save the lives of the innocent, unborn children when you had the power to do so. Remember more is expected from those who have more.

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    I pray these people can not live with the disgrace of their vote.

  • Maxx says:

    Murkowski and Collins and the rest of Rino Republicans need to be seriously targeted for removal. The democrat communist party does not have a single Dino in their ranks. Why is that? The GOP is corrupt and allows it. The democrats do not allow it.

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