Democrat Lipinski, Republican Dold vote against their parties' abortion positions
Wednesday, the U.S. House voted 242-184 to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks in the womb - a stage at which medical evidence shows unborn babies feel pain. All Democrat members of the Illinois delegation - except Dan Lipinski (IL-03) - opposed the measure. All Republicans members from Illinois, except the 10th District's Robert Dold, supported HB 36. “As a pro-choice representative for the 10th District, I have a clear record of supporting women’s choice in healthcare decisions, and this bill fails to protect those choices," Dold said in a statement issued after the vote.
Downstate Congressman John Shimkus said allowing babies to be aborted after 20 weeks is immoral. “The U.S. is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks,” said Shimkus. “That’s not only immoral, but science now tells us that such late term abortions are painful to babies who are increasingly able to survive premature birth.”
No vote has been scheduled in the U.S. Senate, and President Obama promises to veto the measure if it comes to his desk.