Pro-life activists are expressing disappointment and frustration at the United States Senate's failure to pass a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill failed to get the necessary 60 votes on Monday to pass a motion to proceed, with the final tally being 51-46.
Here in no particular order are four reactions from pro-life activists and leaders in response to the bill failing to advance in the Senate.
Robert Jeffress, author and senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, posted a statement on his official Facebook page on Monday calling the failure of the bill an example of the Senate's "callousness toward the unborn."
"It is unconscionable that the cowardly United States Senate would not put an end to this barbaric practice of allowing late-term abortions when infants can feel pain," stated Jeffress.
"One senator claimed that advancing this bill 'was not a priority' for him. But if he were a baby in the womb, threatened with the excruciating pain of being torn from limb to limb, I'll guarantee you it would suddenly become a priority for him."
Lila Rose, founder and head of the pro-life organization Live Action, posted a comment to Twitter on Monday evening denouncing the bill's failure.
"Today, 46 senators voted AGAINST protecting preborn children from abortion after 20 weeks. They voted IN FAVOR of dismembering and poisoning to death children beyond five months, who are often viable and can feel pain. This is extreme and beyond heartless," said Rose.
Rose included a link to a Live Action statement, in which the group declared that "because of 46 senators, the United States continues to hold a terrible distinction on human rights: it remains a nation that allows elective abortion until birth."
Author and conservative columnist Matt Walsh took to social media to denounce a comment in support of the Senate failing to pass the bill.
"In an abortion at 20 weeks, the child is ripped apart with sharpened forceps when he is still alive. You not only support this butchery, but are blind with rage at anyone who doesn't think children should be tortured and killed. I hope you are proud of yourself tonight," tweeted Walsh.
Posted Monday evening, Walsh's tweet has gotten as of Tuesday morning over 230 retweets and more than 800 likes.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued a statement noting that with the failure of the bill, the United States remains one of the few nations in the world that allows for late-term elective abortions.
"Because of Democrat opposition to the Pain-Capable bill America will remain one of seven countries in the world, along with North Korea, China, and Vietnam that have legalized abortion on demand after 5 months of development," stated Perkins.
"The American people will not forget the extreme position taken by Senate Democrats to block this commonsense legislation to stop barbaric late abortions, which is supported by nearly 60% of Americans."