The State of New York is represented in the United States Senate by Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Both senators have long, odious histories of enthusiastic support for abortion. Sen. Schumer—who served as Senate Minority Leader—is an outspoken defender of Planned Parenthood who attracted media attention last year after inaccurately stating that the organization provides mammograms for millions of women (Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms). After Sen. Gillibrand spoke at Planned Parenthood’s national convention in 2017, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards extolled her performance.
Last week, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand had an opportunity to reverse course when the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was considered in the U.S. Senate. Sadly, they failed to take that opportunity.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 3, 2017. This bill would make it illegal to abort an unborn child at more than 20 weeks’ gestation in most circumstances. The bill would allow such abortions only if necessary to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy resulted from a rape for which the woman had obtained counseling or medical treatment, or if the pregnancy resulted from an act of rape or incest against a minor—provided that the act of rape or incest had been reported to appropriate authorities. The bill would also require that allowable late-term abortions be performed “only in the manner which…provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.” Furthermore, the bill would mandate that an abortion upon a potentially viable fetus not be performed unless a second physician were present to care for the baby if he or she were born alive. The bill previously passed the House of Representatives in 2014.
On January 29, 2018, the Senate voted not to advance the bill to the Senate. The bill needed 60 votes to advance, and the vote was 51-46. Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand—along with 42 other Democratic senators and pro-abortion Republican Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)—voted against the bill, while 46 Senate Republicans and Democratic Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for it.
Two days before the Senate vote, Sen. Gillibrand tweeted the following remarks: “‘If women made up 51 percent of Congress, do you think we would still be fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose? Do you think that the Senate would be voting on a dangerous 20-week abortion ban? Absolutely not.’” Actually, Senator Gillibrand, it is abortion that is dangerous. You, Sen. Schumer, and your Senate colleagues had an opportunity to save lives last week, and you failed to do so.