The Republican party suddenly and incomprensibly just scuttled a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation. The bill was known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The vote was scheduled for today.
The bill had a lot of momentum and around a 60% approval rating from the people. Most people, even those who are mostly pro-choice, agree that killing babies that can feel pain and that can survive outside the womb is not okay. Republicans have a majority in both the House and the Senate, so there should easily be enough votes to pass this legislation, even if no Democrats vote for it.
So, why did they scuttle the bill? The official explanation is that it was "controversial" and they didn't think they had the votes. If I was a swearing person, this is where I would insert it. That's absolutely a bold-faced lie and a pitiful excuse all wrapped into one.
Ok, if a Republican majority in both houses can't or won't pass even something as non-controversial as this (most Americans agree with limiting late-term abortions) and as necessary as this (protecting the inalienable rights of an entire persecuted group of people), then we all have to leave the GOP and pick a new party to bring to power. This is the last straw!
We've been patient with the GOP and hoped they were actually going to do something this time. We accepted their past excuses of not having enough power to do anything yet. That's all over. They have the power and they're making it clear that they have no real intentions of doing anything good with it. They aren't representing us. They have no moral compass. They're spineless cowards who only say what they think we want to hear and then do nothing for fear of having someone get mad. It's time to move on.