**UPDATE: BILL HAS BEEN BLOCKED! See article link below**
NO ABORTION BAN!
Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on the 20-week abortion ban (officially S. 2311, the Senate version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) for TONIGHT.
The bill has failed twice in the Senate (2013 and 2015) and is seen as unlikely to pass (needs 60 votes) but we still must make noise about it. This is a nasty political move to further the GOP's obsession with controlling women's bodies; to appease GOP anti-choice donors; AND to put vulnerable Dems like McCaskill (MO) and Heitkamp (ND) in a tough position.
The bill would impose a federal ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks of gestation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 1.3% of all abortions take place after 20 weeks and usually occur because of severe fetal anomalies or maternal health risks. Twenty-week abortion restrictions not only endanger women's health but also criminalize doctors who are trying to make the best and safest medical decisions for their patients. These deeply personal and emotional decisions should be between a woman and her doctor and not involve politicians playing games with partisan agendas and junk science.
While 17 states have already passed their own versions of 20-week abortion bans, this bill aims to impose the unconstitutional restriction on women's reproductive rights on the entire country.
#ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE "NO" ON McCONNELL'S ANTI-CHOICE, ANTI-WOMAN LEGISLATION!
"I'm calling to express my serious opposition to S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This federal 20-week abortion ban is not only unconstitutional but also jeopardizes women's health and physicians' ability to care for their patients. It is based on faulty science, and I demand that Senator _________ vote against this disgraceful bill."
UPDATE - bill has been blocked: