October 01, 2018

Working Across the Aisle to Protect the Unborn

Many Americans look at Washington as completely broken and we can understand why.  However, we found common ground working on pro-life and religious liberty issues extremely important to our constituents – like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea. Unfortunately, the United States is also a member of that infamous “Club of Seven.”

The Pain-Capable bill, which the Senate took up in 2015 and 2018, would outlaw abortion after the 20-week mark. It would protect the unborn from excruciating pain and save thousands of lives every year. Getting this legislation signed into law is an important step in restoring the values we as Americans hold dear.

Our country’s physicians have made incredible advances in neonatal medicine.  So much so that we know for a fact unborn children can feel pain. In fact, studies looking at hormonal stress responses and brain scans have demonstrated that unborn babies respond to pain stimuli in the same way that we do.  Our hearts break imagining the pain unborn children must endure.

We have found a way to have our differences and still work on the big issues of our time, like the 20-week abortion ban. The needs of our constituents give way to partisanship on issues that are compelling and consequential, like Pain Capable.

We must also protect Americans from laws and regulations that infringe on the fundamental right of religious liberty. We have both voted in support of legislation that protects the religious beliefs of individuals and employers and allows them to deny coverage for any health benefit that they object to on the basis of personal religious beliefs or moral convictions.

These are some of the pro-life measures and religious liberty measures we have supported in the Senate.

We understand the values of our constituents and when it comes to these issues we will always pick our constituents over partisanship.