On Monday Democrats blocked a bill that would ban abortions if it’s after 20 weeks into the pregnancy.
According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who authored the bill, they weren’t able to accumulate the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster and proceed to a vote.
The bill failed to attract every Republican in the Senate as Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were among those who voted “no.” The final vote was 51-46 against the bill.
A few Democrats did vote in favor of the bill, including Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Bob Casey (Pa.), who are all facing tough reelection bids in November.
If the bill had passed, it would have made it illegal for any person to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and it would have come with a penalty of five years in prison, fines or both.
“We’re trying to proceed to make sure that America will be a better place, that we become part of the mainstream of the world when it comes to protecting unborn children in the fifth month of pregnancy,” Graham said.
Trump also spoke following the block on Monday.
“It is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration,” Trump said in a statement following Monday’s vote. “The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We must defend those who cannot defend themselves. I urge the Senate to reconsider its decision and pass legislation that will celebrate, cherish, and protect life.”