Call your senators and tell them to vote NO on a bill which would ban abortion after 20 weeks.
This per our friend Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), who urged folks to take action on this matter on January 25, 2018 (the day this post goes live).
Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill would make aborting a fetus after 20 weeks punishable by five years in prison, a fine, or both.
In the Senate, the bill’s number is S. 2311. The House version is H.R. 36.
The GovTrack page on H.R. 36 gives the bill a 34 percent chance of passage, and gives its Senate counterpart a 26 percent chance of passage.
The bill needs 60 votes to pass the Senate. It is unlikely to succeed. Even still, Pewter has solid reasoning for raising the alarm now, as she details in these January 24 tweets:
Ok, all: remember this? Yeah, red alert time: I CANNOT stress this enough. You need to be bombarding your Senate offices, beginning NOW.
Please RT this. This is one of those situations where I was hoping the bill would just die after being introduced, never to be heard from again, but 2018 is apparently deciding to try my patience.
Here’s the legislation in question. Yes, it needs sixty votes (thank god). But seriously, bombard your Senate offices with calls. We need to send a clear-cut message that we do not accept the Senate screwing around with this.
At some level, this is also McConnell daring Dem Senators in red states to take a stance on this in advance of midterms, which is as exactly as asinine and calculated as it sounds. So. Call and give them the numbers to vote NO.
(If I’m swearing a lot, it’s because 2018 has been really trying my patience, and we’re barely three weeks in.)
Here’s the link to the Graham version of this bill. Note the 7% Skopos rating: I normally shrug for anything under 15% – 20% – which is why I don’t always mention every bill – but given the repeated attacks on abortion from all sides, important to call.
Regarding that last tweet–we found higher Skopos ratings than seven percent on GovTrack for both versions of the bill. And, again, this bill needs 60 votes to move ahead, and it is unlikely to get that many votes.
Still, it is important to raise our voices NOW to our Senators and make it clear that we don’t want this, and they should not fiddle around with such nonsense.
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See a January 24, 2018 story from The Hill that discusses the impending vote:
See the Congress.gov page on H.R. 36:
Here’s the GovTrack page on H.R. 36 (the Skopos Labs assessment is on this page):
Here also is the GovTrack page on S. 2311 (this page also has a Skopos Labs assessment):
Follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter:
Check out The Road to 2018, which Pewter is involved with, and which defends vulnerable Democratic Senators:
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