WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Catholic Republicans are responsible for allowing abortions to continue after 20 weeks.
A coalition of Democrat and Republican senators voted 51–46 on Monday evening to stop the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from becoming law. Republican senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski broke rank with other Republicans and voted with Democrats to continue to keep abortion legal after an unborn child can feel pain.
Twelve Democrats claiming to be Catholic voted against the bill: Maria Cantwell (WA), Dick Durbin (IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Tim Kaine (VA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Ed Markey (MA), Cortez Masto (NV), Claire McCaskill (MO), Bob Menendez (NJ), Patty Murray (WA) and Jack Reed (RI).
Three Catholic Democrats, Bob Casey (PA), Joe Donnelly (IN) and Joe Manchin (WV), however, voted for the law, making them the only Democrats to do so.
Both Murkowski and Collins, despite being Republican, have consistently voted in favor of abortion. In 2003, Collins opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion, and in 2017 she and Murkowski voted against allowing states to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Collins also voted for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which allowed active homosexuals in the U.S. military. She also voted in support of so-called same-sex marriage.
She also joined with Kristen Gillibrand, a Catholic Democrat, in supporting transgender personnel in the military.