In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced this bill to protect unborn life 20 weeks after fertilization:
“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. 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.”
The Trump administration released a statement in support of the House version this legislation, saying that if Congress passes it in its current form President Donald Trump's advisors would recommend he sign the bill into law.
Pro-choice groups denounced this legislation as an affront to a woman's right to obtain an abortion. Planned Parenthood tweeted that the bill's House counterpart is "unpopular" and "unconstitutional" with NARAL adding it's part of a plan by "anti-choice House Republicans" to "ban abortion outright".
This legislation has the support of 45 cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Republicans. The House passed its version of this bill on a 237-189 vote.
Of Note: According to the Guttmacher Institute there are 24 states that impose abortion bans after a certain number of weeks, 17 of which ban abortion at about 20 weeks post-fertilization or its equivalent of 22 weeks on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain. Only the U.S., Canada, North Korea, China, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Netherlands allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy according to Politifact.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Ambernectar 13 via Flickr / Creative Commons)