Senate Democrats from states that Donald Trump won in 2016 were vital on Monday in blocking a bill, supported by the president, that would ban abortion after the mother reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), sought to make it illegal for a person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion after 20 weeks, punishing those in violation with a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
The bill had broad-based support in the Senate Republican conference, garnering 46 GOP co-sponsors. The House version of the bill passed 237-189 in October. But when the motion to advance the Senate version came up for a vote on Monday, it failed despite a 51-to-46 majority, not reaching the 60-vote threshold to overcome the filibuster blocking the bill’s passage.
Democrats from red states and swing states that Trump won in 2016 provided the nine votes needed to ensure the measure did not advance through the Senate.
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