Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) is one of the more vulnerable incumbent senators on the 2020 map. After his vote to convict President Trump in the Senate’s impeachment trial, Cook Political Report shifted the Alabama Senate race from “toss-up” to “lean Republican.”
Sen. Jones was asked about the issue of late-term abortion ahead of the Senate’s vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act next week. This legislation, which Leader McConnell filed cloture on, would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on research that unborn children can feel pain at this point in gestation. The Senate will also vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which would mandate that medical care be given to babies who survive botched abortions.
Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #420, S.3275, Pain Capable Unborn Child Act.— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) February 13, 2020
Thank you @senatemajldr for scheduling votes on two urgently-needed #ProLife bills:— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) February 13, 2020
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act: limits abortions at 5 months when children can feel pain
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act: …I mean come on, are we really still debating this, Senate Dems? https://t.co/LBiwi4VlXH
Sen. Jones’ was asked about the very premise of the legislation, late term abortion, and Sen. Jones’ response was far from friendly:
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Constituent: “Do you think abortion should be banned after 5 months?”
Doug Jones: “What a stupid question.”
Constituent: “You’re voting on it next week.”#ALsen #ALpolitics pic.twitter.com/oZd5NrFHy3
The upper chamber is set to vote on this legislation next week.