Washington D.C., Nov 8, 2013 / 02:38 am
Legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point science indicates that unborn babies are able to feel pain, has been presented in the U.S. Senate.
"At twenty weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother," said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill at a Nov. 7 press conference.
"The question for the American people is, 'Should we be silent when it comes to protecting these unborn children entering the sixth month of pregnancy? Or is it incumbent on us to speak up and act on their behalf?' I say we must speak up and act."
The House of Representatives passed a pain-capable abortion ban in June by a vote of 228-196. As of its introduction, the Senate legislation was co-sponsored by 33 members of the Senate, including Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.).