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Luke Messer Blames Broken U.S. Senate for Failure to Pass Pro Life Legislation

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 29, 2018) — Luke Messer blamed a broken U.S. Senate today for failure to pass pro-life legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The late-term abortion ban sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) died in the Senate today, after failing to reach the 60-vote filibuster threshold required to start debate and bring the legislation to a vote.

“I was proud to support this common-sense, pro-life legislation in the House, and am disappointed the Senate once again failed to deliver,” Messer said. “This legislation would have saved lives, and it’s unacceptable that the broken filibuster rule is the only reason this bill won’t become law. The U.S. Senate is broken. Hundreds of conservative bills are passing the House, only to die in the Senate. We can do better.”

Messer voted to pass the 20-week abortion ban in the House back in October. The U.S. is one of only seven countries, including China and North Korea, that still allows late-term abortions, when it’s proven an unborn child can feel pain.

Messer has called for an end to the filibuster that allows the liberal minority in the Senate to block the President’s agenda.

Messer also called out Senator Joe Donnelly today for his lack of leadership to get this pro-life legislation passed.

“The U.S. Senate isn’t delivering, and Joe Donnelly is part of the problem,” Messer said. “Senator Donnelly says he’s pro life, but he’s not leading on this issue and he’s not getting the job done. Hoosiers deserve a Senator who will fight for them 100 percent of the time, not just when it’s politically convenient. I will continue to fight for pro-life policy because all human life has dignity and should be protected.”

Donnelly claims he is pro-life, but in 2014 Donnelly received a 100% rating from NARAL ProChoice America, and he’s voted to allow federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Messer’s recently launched his 3-step reform plan to fix the broken U.S. Senate. It includes 1) ending the filibuster 2) speeding up the Presidential confirmation process and 3) imposing term limits.