The United States of America remains one of just seven countries in the world, including China and North Korea, to allow abortion on demand of unborn babies past 20 weeks of age.
The Senate voted 51-46 in favor of a 20-week abortion ban on Monday night, short of the 60 votes required to proceed to a final vote.
The 44 Democrats and two Republicans who blocked the legislation ensure that the U.S. retains its spot on the tiny list of countries to allow abortion past 20 weeks, when unborn babies can feel pain.
Other countries on the list include: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Both Netherlands and Singapore ban abortions after 24 weeks, with certain exceptions such as in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother.
“It is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration. Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at twenty weeks,” President Trump said in a statement Monday evening.
“The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”