WASHINGTON, D.C.—This May, the U.S. House passed landmark legislation to protect unborn children capable of pain from the brutality of abortion. Majority Whip Scalise (R-La.) hailed the bill’s adoption by the House as “a loud message that life is precious and America will stand up in defense of the unborn.” 

As Scalise wrote in a joint op-ed with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.): “This is an issue on which most Americans agree. In a nationwide poll, 64 percent of Americans supported a law prohibiting abortions after five months. Already, nearly a dozen states have similar legislation, including Louisiana, which Americans United for Life has named the most pro-life state for five years in a row.”

The House did its part to defend innocent human life. But unfortunately, Senate Democrats today blocked a vote on the House’s bill to ban abortions after the fifth month of a pregnancy, when the baby can feel pain.

The Hill reports that “[t]he measure failed to advance in a 54-42 vote, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed.” Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) even went so far as to complain that today’s attempt to protect pain-capable babies from the brutality of abortion was a “show vote,” and “political theater.”

Senator Reid’s cavalier attitude toward protecting innocent life is troubling—especially as his fellow Democrats and many in the news media still refuse to acknowledge the significance of film after film detailing horrifying behavior by abortionists who systematically abort and dismember infants—some with hearts still beating after the procedure—in order to harvest and sell their organs.

As Whip Scalise said on the House floor just days ago:

Our Founding Fathers in the Declaration Of Independence made it crystal clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” …These were not rights given to us by our Founders. They were given to us by our Creator. And that first right is life.