[Congressional Record Volume 166, Number 37 (Tuesday, February 25, 2020)]
[Pages S1123-S1124]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, today, every Senator will be able to 
take a clear moral stand. We will have the chance to proceed to 
commonsense legislation that will move our Nation closer to the 
international mainstream with respect to defending innocent human life. 
There are only seven nations left in the entire world where an unborn 
child can be killed by elective abortion after 20 weeks, and the United 
States of America, unfortunately, is one of them.
  Set aside all of the far-left rhetoric that will greet Senator 
Graham's straightforward legislation and consider this simple fact: Do 
our Democratic colleagues really believe that what our country needs is 
a radical fringe position on elective abortion that we only share with 
China, North Korea, and four other countries in the entire world?
  The American people don't seem to think that is what we need. One 
recent survey found that 70 percent of all Americans believe that at a 
minimum--at a minimum--elective abortion should be limited to the first 
3 months of pregnancy. That even includes about half of the respondents 
who self-identify as pro-choice.
  I hope this body will proceed to Senator Graham's Pain-Capable Unborn 
Child Protection Act later today. I see no reason why at the very least 
our Democratic colleagues should vote against even proceeding to this 
legislation and having a debate. If there is a persuasive and 
principled case why America should remain on the radical international 
fringe on this subject, let us hear it. Let us have the debate. Few 
Americans agree with that radical position, but let's have the debate.
  If my Democratic colleagues block the Senate from even proceeding to 
consider this legislation here today, the message they will send will 
be chilling and clear. The radical demands of the far left will 
drown out common sense and the views of most Americans.

  The same goes for Senator Sasse's legislation, the Born-Alive 
Survivors Protection Act. Even if most Washington Democrats persist in 
their resistance to any commonsense protections for the unborn, surely, 
we must

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be able to agree that children who are born deserve protection. Surely, 
that much cannot be controversial.
  There is currently no Federal mandate that children who are delivered 
alive following an attempted abortion should receive medical care. 
There is no clear guarantee that every child born alive in the United 
States, whether they were intended to be or not, is entitled to the 
same life-giving medical attention.
  The Kentuckians whom I speak with cannot comprehend why this could be 
some hotly debated proposition. It almost defies belief that an entire 
political party can find cause to object to this basic protection for 
babies. Yet, today, we will see if our Democratic colleagues will even 
permit the Senate to proceed to this legislation. We will see whether 
even something this simple and this morally straightforward is a bridge 
too far for the far left.
  I would urge all of my colleagues: Let's advance these bills. Let's 
take these modest steps. Let's have the courage to say that the right 
to life must not exclude the most vulnerable among us.