The U.S. Senate blocked a proposed national ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation following a closely divided 51-46 vote on Jan. 29.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act, which passed the House last year after a 237-189 vote, did not earn the 60 votes it needed to clear the Senate, marking a defeat for anti-abortion proponents such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
In a Jan. 29 statement, Sen. McConnell said the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act reflects a growing consensus that unborn children should not be subjected to elective abortion after 20 weeks.
After the vote, President Trump said in athat it was “disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) denounced the legislation in a Jan. 26 statement, calling it an attack on women’s access to comprehensive health care, including abortion care.
The vote was primarily split along party lines. Only three Democrats voted for the bill – Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. The three are all up for reelection this year in states in which Trump won in 2016.