20 Week Abortion Ban Fails In the Senate

This was never going to go anywhere in the Senate:

“WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, 51-46, Monday afternoon. But that wasn’t the point.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would have liked to see the bill pass he knew the bill wasn’t likely to get the 60 votes needed. Yet he brought up the bill anyway to make vulnerable Democrats take a position.

“This afternoon, every one of us will go on record on the issue,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday ahead of the vote. “I hope that our Democratic colleagues will not obstruct the Senate from taking up this bill.”

More than half of the Senate’s Democrats and independents are up for re-election this year; 10 of them are in states President Trump won and many of those have some version of the 20-week ban already passed at the state level.

“Vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year like Sens. Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown, and Heidi Heitkamp, ought to vote in line with their constituents and support this compassionate bill,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, who is president of the anti-abortion advocacy organization Susan B. Anthony List said Monday morning. “Voting to keep the brutality of late-term abortion legal isn’t just morally abhorrent, it defies national consensus and is a major political liability.” …”

That was the whole point of bringing it to the floor.

The goal was to hold a cloture vote on the 20 week abortion ban. Every Republican would vote for it along party lines. It would fail because moderate Democrats from Red States opposed it. Then the Republicans could run against the Democrats in the 2018 midterms with their ‘pro-life’ credentials intact. Lucy will have pulled the football away from Charlie Brown again.

Is it smart politics? Sure, but it illustrates what the Senate has become, which effectively requires 60 votes to pass anything of consequence because of political polarization and the filibuster. In order for a party to govern and pass its agenda, it needs the White House, House of Representatives and a supermajority in the Senate, which is an alignment that almost never happens. Even if the Republicans managed to somehow get the 60 votes necessary, it could always be torpedoed by a single handwringing cuck.

The only way to pass major legislation without 60 votes is through budget reconciliation. This is a trick that can only be used once a year. It was used in 2017 to push through the tax cuts.

UPDATE: President Trump has released a statement:

“Recently, when I addressed the 45th annual March for Life, I called on the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, important legislation that would protect our most vulnerable. It is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration. Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at twenty weeks. The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We must defend those who cannot defend themselves. I urge the Senate to reconsider its decision and pass legislation that will celebrate, cherish, and protect life.”

Here is the speech at the 2018 March for Life:


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8 Comments

    • This GOP uses this issue to get the “pro-life” vote and it works. No one in DC is really serious about actually ending abortion. But like you I’m far more concerned about White women going this route than the ones Margaret Sanger intended it for.

  1. Criminologists have provided convincing evidence that abortions are responsible for the decrease in black crime over the past couple decades. Unwanted niggers born in poverty are a scourge to this nation.

    • Maybe if the out of control crime wave had happened sooner we’d be in better shape. We’re not going to win this by elections anyway. If we can’t convince our own young women not to abort their babies we’re done for, no matter what the political situation.

      The point the OP makes is good. The vote is meaningless for the same reasons the votes to repeal Obamacare were meaningless. What is the real reason they couldn’t stomach Roy Moore, other than that he was a Christian and really believed in getting rid of legal abortion and fag “marriage.”

      • The abortion issue, like the Wall, has iconic significance that dwarfs its practical effects, which are considerable of course. If Roe falls the left falls with it.

  2. Whites wouldn’t have any serious problems with black crime if blacks were kept firmly in their place. That is the chief point we should remember whenever people sell the snake-oil line that abortion keeps the negroes in check. How has that worked out for you in the last 45 years? I would surmise, we’d never have gotten Obama without the type of “elite” that is dead set on “Constitutional” abortion.

    • Had abortion been legal when Obama was conceived, odds are he wouldn’t have ever been born. He fits the demographic of an aborted fetus, single white woman pregnant by a nigger.

      • Obama was just a place-holder, a token groomed for the position since birth, completely interchangeable with any other mixed race alien. Obama never would have been elected in a society where young women still got married and negro crime was out of control. The absolute number of whites and married white women would be greater.

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