via the Hill:
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.”…
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.
Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and Kristen Day of Democrats for Life explained the bipartisan case for the bill:
The Pain-Capable bill is a common-sense piece of legislation that acknowledges science and human viability by ending elective abortions past five months of pregnancy, except in particular circumstances. This bill should receive widespread bipartisan support because it recognizes scientific and medical advances, affirms growing American opinion and catches our nation up with the rest of the world.
Scientific and medical advances are telling us more and more about the womb and the viability of unborn life. Ultrasounds show unborn babies at five months of pregnancy sucking their thumb, yawning, stretching and making faces—detailed 3-D images that we haven’t seen until the last decade. In utero, these babies have 10 fingers, 10 toes, a beating heart and unique DNA that is different than the mom and the dad—they are humans that deserve the right to live. Thusly, this is a human rights issue.
There are children alive, healthy and growing today who were born prematurely at five months of pregnancy. Just scan social media, or ask around your community, and you will find numerous examples of children born at five months of pregnancy who are not only surviving, but thriving. One such example is NBA basketball player J.R. Smith’s daughter, Dakota, who was born at five months, one year ago. Or the now 3-year-old daughter who was born to Courtney Stensrud at five months of pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas. Courtney’s daughter is now in preschool and on par with her peers….
What may be most shameful about this is that America is far behind the majority of the world. The United States is one of only seven countries that allow on-demand abortions past five months of pregnancy. The other six are North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands.