South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, proposed a federal bill, which would prevent doctors across the country from performing abortions after 15 weeks, on Tuesday, September 13. The bill, titled “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act,” outraged many voters ahead of the midterm elections in November, and many pro-choice activists called out the proposal and the senator.
The proposal comes as a shock, after it had previously been believed that it was unlikely that Republicans in the Senate would pursue a nationwide abortion ban, per The New York Times. Despite the bill referring to 15 weeks as “late-term,” many medical professionals don’t consider an abortion late-term until it’s reached 20 weeks. The proposal comes nearly three months after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision Roe V. Wade, which made abortion legal across the country.