by digby

The 20 week abortion ban failed in the Senate today. But it's hard to believe that it even came this close:

BREAKING: Senate Republicans' effort to move forward a 20-week abortion ban just FAILED in the Senate! #NoAbortionBan pic.twitter.com/0z80Z2UquQ
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 29, 2018

There's a reason why these bills don't make it: because one third of American women have had an abortion and it's a vitally necessary procedure for women's equality and freedom.

Here are a couple ore of those amazing first person stories from Bill Moyers and company:

No Choice: Lynne Hanley from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

When Lynne Hanley was studying English at Cornell, she fell in love. When she tried to get contraception, she was told she had to be married to get it. After she realized she was pregnant, she went to a local doctor who lectured her, telling her she would be punished if she tried to end her pregnancy. This is her story.

No Choice: Valerie Peterson from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

When Valerie Peterson became pregnant with her third child, her doctor told her the child wasn’t developing properly. The grim diagnosis meant Valerie had a choice to make. She could carry the pregnancy to term and deliver a stillborn baby, or she could have an abortion. Living in Texas, Valerie faced access and scheduling restrictions that made her decision to end the pregnancy much more difficult than she anticipated. This is her story.