Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives cast a historic vote banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point an unborn baby can feel pain.
As Rep Diane Black stated yesterday, women seeking abortion at 20 weeks are 35 times more likely to die from abortion than women seeking abortion during the first trimester. Additionally, there is both scientific and anecdotal evidence indicating unborn children can experience pain by the 20th week of pregnancy—and abortion is a very painful procedure.
My question is simple: How will Senator Pryor vote? The bill has passed the U.S. House, which means it’s on its way to the Senate. Some say it’s DOA over there, but if it actually comes down to a vote, what will Senator Pryor do? A lot of people on both sides of the aisle wish he was more conservative or more liberal.
So will Senator Pryor swing pro-life, or will he go pro-choice? Maybe he hopes he won’t have to decide—that the bill will get bogged down in committee and never see the inside of the Senate chamber.
I wouldn’t count on that being the case forever. Arkansas is the fourth most pro-life state in the nation; it would be nice if Senator Pryor would reflect the values of the people he represents by putting his support behind this pro-life law.