Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham launched a invoice Tuesday that will ban most abortions nationwide beginning at 15 weeks of being pregnant.

The South Carolina senator launched the invoice lower than three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional proper to abortion. The measure would sharply slim abortion entry in quite a few states — particularly blue states, which are inclined to have extra abortion rights protections.

The laws has little probability of passing Congress because it at the moment stands, as Democrats maintain slim majorities in each the House and Senate.

It arrives forward of the pivotal November midterm elections, the place expectations of a Republican rout have been thrown into doubt as proof mounts that the reversal of Roe has galvanized Democratic voters. Abortion rights advocates have warned {that a} GOP takeover of Congress would result in an erosion of ladies’s rights, and plenty of have been fast to carry up Graham’s invoice as a primary instance.

Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican who would resolve whether or not to carry a vote on a nationwide abortion ban if the GOP wins the chamber in November, was reluctant to embrace Graham’s invoice.

“I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this will be dealt with at the state level,” McConnell instructed reporters Tuesday afternoon. Other GOP senators have provided combined messages on the invoice.

While the title of Graham’s invoice suggests it could bar solely “late-term” abortions, it could prohibit the process nationwide after lower than 4 months of being pregnant, a threshold that falls inside the second trimester.

Abortions are sometimes thought of “late term” at 21 weeks of being pregnant or later, in accordance the health-policy nonprofit KFF. But the group notes that that phrase isn’t an official medical time period and that abortions at that stage are hardly ever sought and tough to acquire.

The 15-week restrict precedes the purpose of fetal viability, usually thought of to be about 24 weeks’ gestation. The Supreme Court dominated in Roe that girls have the proper to acquire an abortion earlier than viability, and that states can begin to impose restrictions after that time.

In the June ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the excessive court docket by a 5-4 margin struck down Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, one other case upholding abortion rights. The ruling, by a court docket that had grown rather more conservative after the appointment of three of former President Donald Trump’s nominees, gave particular person states the ability to set their abortion insurance policies.

Numerous Republican-leaning states instantly moved to ban abortion outright, whereas many Democratic leaders have sought to enshrine protections for the process.

Graham, an in depth Trump ally, had beforehand expressed help for states setting their very own abortion legal guidelines. “That, in my view, is the most constitutionally sound way of dealing with this issue and the way the United States handled the issue until 1973,” Graham tweeted in May.

But Graham has additionally launched laws to limit abortion on the nationwide degree — although his 2021 invoice would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, fairly than the 15-week restrict within the present model.

“Abortion is a contentious issue. Post Dobbs, America’s got to make a decision,” Graham mentioned at a press convention Tuesday unveiling the brand new laws.

“States have the ability to do it at a state level, and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose,” he mentioned. “I have chosen to speak.”

At the 15-week mark, Graham mentioned, the fetus has developed sufficient to really feel ache from an abortion. After that time, his invoice would permit no abortions besides in instances of rape or incest or to avoid wasting the lifetime of the mom. “And that should be where America’s at,” the senator mentioned.

Graham was flanked by the leaders of a number of anti-abortion teams, together with Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“This is incredible progress, but much more action is needed,” Dannenfelser mentioned in an announcement.

The White House slammed Graham in an announcement later Tuesday, calling the invoice “wildly out of step with what Americans believe” and touting the Biden administration’s legislative targets whereas accusing Republicans of “taking rights away from millions of women.”

Pro-abortion rights teams echoed that sentiment, whereas tying the problem on to the midterm elections.

“Anti-abortion rights congressional Republicans are showing us exactly what they plan to do if they get power: pass a national abortion ban,” Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson mentioned in an announcement.

“We would like to thank Senator Graham for making it crystal clear to voters today that Republicans are running on a national abortion ban in these midterms,” mentioned Dani Negrete, nationwide political director of the progressive advocacy group Indivisible.

Polls present attitudes on abortion shifting towards the “pro choice” place after the Dobbs ruling. Some Republican candidates who beforehand touted hardline positions on abortion throughout GOP primaries have softened or muted their views as they compete basically elections.

Democratic candidates, reminiscent of Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman, have leaned into the problem.

“Dr. Oz has made it *very* clear that he wants to take away women’s reproductive freedom,” Fetterman tweeted Tuesday about his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz. “With the GOP introducing a national abortion ban, it’s now more important than ever that we stop him in November.”