Lindsey Graham introduced a bill Tuesday that would criminalize abortion after 15 weeks into a pregnant woman's life, the first national ban on the procedure to be introduced after the Supreme Court's decision in 1973.

Senator Graham Introduces The Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children From Late-Term Abortions Act

On September 13 in Washington, D.C., there will be restrictions on abortions.

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There are exceptions for rape and incest for late-term abortions under a bill by Graham.

It would allow abortions when the life of a pregnant woman is in danger due to a physical disorder or illness.

The best opportunity for the unborn child to survive would be provided by the bill.

If you perform an abortion in violation of the law, you could be fined or sentenced to prison.

Civil lawsuits can be brought against the person who performed the abortion if the bill is passed.

The report should not include identifying information about the person who got the abortion, but it would impose requirements for physicians to report it.

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The percentage is 2%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is the percentage of abortions that took place after 15 weeks in the U.S. The vast majority of abortions take place before 15 weeks of pregnancy, but abortion rights advocates argue the importance of keeping the procedure legal after that point for reasons like delayed access to care or health problems that arise later in pregnancy.

Graham said at the press conference that the bill would get a lot of support from Republicans and a few Democrats. This will be law if we keep talking about it.

Chief Critic

Democratic lawmakers and abortion rights advocates have been against the bill. The bill is out of step with what Americans think, according to the White House press secretary.

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Even if Republicans gain control of the Senate in the November elections, Graham's legislation won't be able to be passed because it requires 60 votes. McConnell has said he doesn't believe Congress will pass a federal abortion ban even if Republicans regain control.

Key Background

Graham introduced a 20-week abortion ban in the Senate, but shortened it to 15 weeks in order to appease anti-abortion advocates. Whether Congress could pass a federal abortion ban has been a source of concern since the Post reported in May that GOP lawmakers were considering introducing legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnant woman's uterus. The plans for a six-week bill have been put on hold, with the Post reporting that it's not clear when or if the bill will be introduced. Opponents of abortion rights have looked to 15-week bans as a less divisive way to restrict the procedure, with Florida and Arizona recently passing 15-week laws. According to recent polling from the Wall Street Journal and Public Religion Research Institute, Americans are more likely to accept a 15-week ban than more stringent restrictions on the procedure.

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The Republicans will try to ban abortion nationwide if the Supreme Court overturns the Wade decision.