Forget circuses, the greatest show on earth is politics and Monday afternoon featured the amazing act of making the topic disappear.
As the Senate began debate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks, nearly five months in the womb, Sen. Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) took the floor and put on a heck of a show.
It was a show of misdirection and deception as Wyden argued against the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act without using the word unborn, child, baby, or even the left’s favorite term when it comes to abortion– fetus.
It's amazing the words he made disappear while discussing a bill where protecting an unborn, pain-capable, child was the focus.
*Update: On Monday evening the Senate failed to the pass measure, filibustered by Democrats, keeping the United States in the company of China and North Korea as one of only seven countries that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks.
The vote was a 51- 46 vote mostly along party lines as the bill failed to make it out of debate for a final vote. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats in opposing the bill. Three Democrats, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, voted with Republicans in support of the legislation.