Senator Lindsey Graham, (R., S.C.), plans to introduce a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to a Washington Examiner report. The bill will act as a companion to the House Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed by the House on June 18.
Republican aides in both the House and Senate confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Graham is the lead sponsor and plans to introduce the bill next week.
Some pro-life lawmakers expressed concern with the idea of this legislation, citing fears of congressional overreach. Senator Mike Lee, (R., Utah), for example, worries that Congress does not have the authority to pass such a bill under the Commerce Clause, as it has been proposed. Lee has previously challenged the Obamacare individual mandate on the same grounds saying that interstate commerce used to only pertain to “channels and instrumentalities” of commerce.
Marco Rubio previously agreed to act as the lead sponsor of a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks; however, the introduction of the bill was delayed, which Rubio attributed to other anti-abortion senators attempting to identify a constitutional basis for it.
This is not Graham’s first venture to support life via legislation. In 1999, he introduced the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, eventually signed by President George W. Bush in 2004.