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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2022
Contact: Mallory Carroll, mcarroll@sbalist.org

Schumer Comments Calling Abortion on Demand “Sacred” and a “Fundamental Right” Prove Pro-abortion Dems Are Extreme, Out of Touch

Washington, D.C. – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated as H.R. 3755, better known as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act, failed to pass the U.S. Senate. Backed by the Biden administration, this legislation would effectively codify a right to abortion on demand until birth into federal law and nullify pro-life laws enacted by democratically elected legislators in states across the country.

All Republican senators, as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against the bill. Ahead of the vote, Senate Pro-Life Caucus founder Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), along with Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Lee (R-UT), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Todd Young (R-IN) held a press conference exposing the extremism of the legislation.

SBA List previously announced that it will score the vote and issued a memo detailing the bill’s extreme provisions. In addition, SBA List’s research arm Charlotte Lozier Institute has provided expert legal analysis of the legislation.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser commented on the legislation’s failure:

“We thank all our pro-life Senate allies who spoke out about the extremism of this atrocious bill and helped defeat it. Biden, Pelosi and Schumer’s ‘Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act’ would enshrine an unlimited abortion ‘right’ in federal law and block common ground pro-life laws around the country, including limits on late-term abortions when unborn babies feel pain, bans on lethal discrimination abortions, and many more. In calling for this bill to be passed, Chuck Schumer referred to abortion as a ‘sacred’ and ‘fundamental right’ – proving that pro-abortion Democrats could not be more radically out of touch with the American people. Those who sided with the abortion lobby to trample the will of the people will face political consequences.”

Popular pro-life laws nullified by the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act would include:

  • Limits on late-term abortion when unborn children can feel pain.
  • Bans on inhumane live-dismemberment abortions.
  • Bans on discriminatory abortions for race, sex, or Down syndrome diagnosis.
  • Health and safety standards for abortion facilities.
  • Parental involvement laws that protect minors from exploitation.
  • Laws that give women an opportunity to see an ultrasound of their unborn child and ensure that they are fully informed about the developing baby whose life is ended by abortion.

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that limits abortion after 15 weeks, the Supreme Court will address whether all pre-viability abortion limits are unconstitutional. A decision is expected in the spring or summer of 2022.

In recent weeks, lawmakers in Arizona, Florida and West Virginia have advanced legislation to stop late abortions after 15 weeks, a point by which science shows unborn children can feel pain. Public opinion polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans reject pro-abortion extremism.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.

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