With abortion access already expected to be a major issue in November, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The South Carolina senator said that he had chosen to craft legislation that was reasonable. He was flanked by some of the nation's most prominent anti-abortion activists at the Capitol Hill press conference. Activists would like to see a complete ban on all abortions.

The bill doesn't go far enough for many people according to the president of the group. It's a piece of legislation that everyone agrees on.

Sen. Lindsey Graham stands at a podium, flanked by anti-abortion advocates.
Sen. Lindsey Graham at a news conference with representatives from national anti-abortion organizations on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Many Republicans distanced themselves from the bill after Democrats immediately seized on it. "I don't think there's a lot of appetite to go that direction," said Sen.Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va.

Graham acknowledged that abortion is controversial.

Most Americans support reproductive choice, but they do support some limitations. Republican states have rushed to limit or completely ban abortion since the Supreme Court overruled the precedent of Wade v. Wade.

Graham pointed out that many European nations, such as Germany and France, whose social democracies are generally admired by American progressives, have abortion limits of their own. Maternal health is given broad allowances.

Graham's proposal would not bring the U.S. in line with Germany but with Poland.

Graham announces a national bill on abortion restrictions. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)

The White House and many congressional Democrats criticized Graham's legislation, suggesting that his abortion ban proposal may compound Republican challenges in the upcoming elections.

While we are fighting for progress, they are fighting to take us back She didn't believe that many Americans support restrictions at the end of the first trimester of a pregnant woman's life.

Jean-Pierre said it was an extreme piece of legislation. She pointed out that Graham was in favor of the rights of states to make their own abortion laws.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the daily press briefing at the White House on Tuesday. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Schumer warned that Graham's bill was an opening bid in an ambitious and ongoing campaign against reproductive choice and other rights many Americans now take for granted.

This has not been about states rights. This has never been about allowing Texas to decide its own path. Schumer said that this has always been about making abortion illegal.

The Women's Health Protection Act would have prevented states from banning abortion if Democrats had their way. Congress would have a role to play in a post-Roe world.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the weekly Republican news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Graham admitted that he hadn't spoken with McConnell about the legislation. McConnell has watched GOP candidates faltering in key states like Arizona, Ohio and North Carolina, which had been expected to be a blue-to-red shift in the upper chamber.

McConnell told reporters that he would have to ask the man about his bill. The majority of the members of my conference want this to be dealt with at the state level.

Republicans have been angered by the Dobbs ruling. There are sections on the campaign website that contain strident anti- abortion language. In a new campaign advertisement, a Senate candidate in Washington state says she is against a full abortion ban.

There were political concerns. He said that the pro-life movement is on the run. We're not going anywhere.