U.S. senators who vote against a pro-life bill today could be turning their backs on their constituents.
The Senate today is to take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks; it is scientifically known that babies can feel the terrible pain of abortion at that point, and likely even earlier in the pregnancy. But National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias explains it would take 60 votes rather than a simple majority to advance the bill for debate.
"It will be very difficult," she admits. "The abortion industry, the abortion lobby, has a hard lock on the Democratic Party, and they are going to insist that all Democrats vote to continue a filibuster, vote against bringing this bill to the floor for a vote."
But since this is an election year, Tobias points out it is important for the electorate to understand where their senators stand on the issue of killing preborn babies that feel the pain, and she makes note of a recent Maris Poll that shows widespread support for the measure, even among liberals.
"56 percent of people who identify as Democrats support this bill," the pro-lifer relays. "56 percent of people who identify themselves as pro-choice support this bill, so there is absolutely no reason for any senator to not support this bill and not bring it to the floor."
Tobias thinks most people would be surprised that at least 275 facilities nationwide will kill a preborn baby beyond 20 weeks development in the womb. Some will even terminate the child through the entire ninth month of pregnancy.