On Monday, Senate Democrats declined to implement a ban on abortions past 20 weeks, or five months into a pregnancy, known as the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."
Only three Democrats — Indiana's Joe Donnelly, Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, and West Virginia's Joe Manchin — voted for the ban, along with 48 Republican senators. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine also disgracefully refused to protect life, voting "no" to the bill.
Here are three ways the rejection of a 20-week ban on abortion highlights the Democrat Party's extremism:
1. The American people overwhelmingly reject abortion without restriction:
Democratic politicians are out of step with the American people on abortion, who overwhelmingly reject abortion on-demand without restriction. According to Marist polling from January, 76% of Americans (Democrat and Republican) want restrictions on abortion, with six in 10 Americans (63%) supporting a ban on abortion at 20 weeks.
2. With regard to abortion, thanks to Democrats, the U.S. is in the company of anti-human rights countries like China and North Korea:
On Monday, President Donald Trump expressed disappointment with the rejection of the 20-week abortion ban, putting us in the company of China and North Korea.
Trump is correct. America is one of only seven countries (including North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada) in the world that allows abortion on-demand past 20-weeks.
Other developed countries have outlawed abortion altogether or have added restrictions and bans on the fatal practice:
3. Babies are highly developed in the womb at 20 weeks, including being able to feel pain.
Unborn babies are highly developed at five months in the womb; they have ears to hear, eyes to see, and beating hearts, for example.
Here's what an opinion piece published in Newsweek (a left-wing outlet) has to say about what we know about life in the womb at 20 weeks:
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.
And babies in utero at 20 weeks can feel pain, as the name of the act suggests:
Not only are there numerous examples of viability at this age, some medical experts conclude that pain may appear from the 15th week of gestation onward, and that unborn babies are extremely sensitive to painful stimuli. In addition, medical practice often dictates that analgesic drugs (anesthesia) be administered directly to an unborn baby in second-trimester fetal surgery. If they didn’t feel pain, why administer anesthesia?
With the advancement of science and technology, the Democrat Party can no longer hide behind "women's rights" or "women's health." Their extremism is on full display, and the American people are standing in opposition to it.