Sen. Murray: Banning Abortion After 20th Week Is 'Extreme'

By Eric Scheiner | November 11, 2013 | 3:23 PM EST

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) (AP Photo)

Sen. Patty Murray (D- Wash.) criticized the proposed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Thursday, calling it “unconstitutional” three times while speaking on the Senate floor.

“So we’re here today to make one thing abundantly clear and that is that this extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban is an absolute non-starter,” Murray said.

Murray continued,  “The truth is the drumbeat of politically driven, extremist and unconstitutional laws continues to get louder. And apparently some of our colleagues on the other side of this aisle want to make some noise about this so that their adoring audience of right wing radio-hosts and activists are satisfied.”

“Women who continue to believe that their healthcare decisions are theirs alone are not going anywhere," Murray said. “And by the way, the Constitution is not going anywhere and therefore this bill is not going anywhere."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the sponsor of the bill, has reportedly defended the measure by suggesting that it is up to the courts, not Congress, to decide if it is constitutional. The legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation nationwide because unborn babies feel pain and should be protected.

According to Graham’s office, the bill “would make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion without first making a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child.”

The bill, like a similar one that passed in the House, does make an exception for rape, incest and “to save the life of the mother.”

Eric Scheiner
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