South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham will introduce the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bars abortion after 20 weeks, on the Senate floor Thursday morning. The House version of the bill passed Wednesday afternoon 237-189 with two Democrats voting in favor of the legislation.
"I am very appreciative of Speaker Ryan and the House leadership for bringing up and passing the 20-week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. At 20 weeks, we know that the unborn children can feel pain. The United States is one of only seven nations that allows abortion on demand in the fifth month of pregnancy. This legislation changes that practice, limiting abortions to cases of rape, incest or saving the life of the mother," Graham released in a statement. “I will soon be reintroducing companion legislation in the Senate and I appreciate the support I’ve received from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
“Finally, I want to thank the lead sponsor in the House, Representative Trent Franks, for introducing this bill, and congratulate my colleagues in the House of Representatives for passing this important legislation. We are one step closer to getting this legislation passed through Congress and onto President Trump’s desk for his signature into law,” he continued.
President Trump has said he will sign the legislation should it make its way through the Senate.