May 2, 2018
Guess who aims to control abortion debate in Senate
President Trump has expressed his intent to sign pro-life legislation such as a bill to ban abortions at 20 weeks, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
The legislation passed in the House but failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary in the Senate to even debate the measure.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, points out there are three branches of the federal government and one of them failed to act.
"The president would have signed that five-month pain capable bill if the Senate had been able to send it to him," she says. "He asked for it. He spoke to that very eloquently. But if the Senate can't pass the bill and have the Congress send him that bill, he simply can't sign it."
Under the present system, a mere two or three senators can effectively prevent the full Senate from advancing a pro-life bill to the floor for a vote.
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