Rep. Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.), who voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy, said in the House floor on Wednesday that “our democracy depends on the morality and ethical behavior of individuals.”
Connolly made the remarks while pushing for an amendment that would prohibit federal agencies from “tailoring their regulation of the financial industry at the request of and the personal gain of the President, the President’s family members, or senior executive branch officials”—a provision he argued was necessary because of President Donald Trump.
“This is a simple prohibition that in any other era would pass for common sense,” said Connolly. “Unfortunately, we have become inured to the daily outrages emanating from this White House, and we are learning how much our democracy depends on the morality and ethical behavior of individuals in the absence of institutional restraints.”
Last October, when the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House by a vote of 237 to 189, Connolly voted no.