Christian leader Franklin Graham is calling on believers to pray for lawmakers and the country after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a 20-week abortion ban.
“This week the Senate was 9 votes short of saving a lot of lives. But the vote finished at 51 for – 46 against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in the U.S.,” Graham wrote on Twitter, Breitbart reports.
“We remain among the worst 7 countries in the world with these 20-week abortions,” Graham added. “Pray for our lawmakers; and pray for our nation to turn to God.”
The pro-life legislation could not earn enough votes to overcome a pro-abortion Democratic filibuster.
According to the Washington Post fact checker, Graham is correct in that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
“I cannot imagine the regret these 46 politicians will one day have when they stand before God, the Creator, and realize the opportunity they had to do good, to do right, but they voted NO to protecting lives,” he said. “They voted against human rights, the right to be born in the first place.
Polling shows that Americans show strong support for an abortion ban after 20 weeks, but just three Democrats in the Senate supported the bill. Two Republicans opposed it.
About 18.000 unborn babies are aborted every year in the U.S. after the 20-week mark.
Some scientists have argued that the unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks. Abortion advocates have said those claims are untrue.
Sixteen states have already passed laws that protect unborn babies from abortions after 20 weeks. Those states include: Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas.
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Publication date: February 1, 2018
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.