Senate Republicans support bill to ban 'wholesale abortions'

Lindsey Graham (File)

Senator Lindsey Graham and several other pro-life lawmakers introduced the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."

The legislation is an attempt to provide what Sen. Graham's office describes as "common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on these vulnerable human beings."

The act passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week with a 237-189 vote.

"There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea. The United States should not be in that club," said Graham. "I don't believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation. America is at her best when she's standing up for the least among us and the sooner we pass this legislation into law, the better. We are on the right side of history."

Though the proposed bill is strongly supported by Senate Republicans, it is likely to be defeated before it reaches President Donald Trump's desk. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it with a filibuster -- a delaying tactic that takes 60 votes to overcome.

** The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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