With midterm elections around the corner, many Republican senators are supporting the strongest push to restrict abortion in a decade.
On Thursday, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and other Republicans introduced a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The premise of the bill is that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks.
"Anesthesia is administered directly to the unborn child in second-trimester fetal surgery because, otherwise, the baby recoils from the surgical instruments due to this pain. In the unborn child, application of painful stimuli is associated with long-term harmful neurodevelopmental effects," Graham said in a statement.
The move comes after the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia late-term abortion doctor found guilty in the deaths of three infants born alive.
"There is great consensus across the nation on this issue - especially in the aftermath of Kermit Gosnell and the exposure of other abortion clinic horrors like those at Douglas Karpen's facility in Texas, and 'meat market' style abortions at Planned Parenthood in Delaware," Life News quoted Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
"It is time that the law reflects our natural recoil from such violence against the innocent," she said.
Eleven of 14 GOP senators up for re-election stand behind the measure. A similar bill passed the House this summer.
Recent polls show that a majority of women support the effort to increase abortion restrictions.