A bill proposing a ban on all abortions after 15-weeks gestation has been introduced in the US Senate as abortion laws loom as a major issue in the November mid-term-elections.
Republicans are promoting the bill in a bid to clearly define where the party stands on abortion.
They’ve named it the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act.”
It has no chance of being passed in the currently Democratic controlled Congress, but the mid-terms could put the Republicans in charge.
Current polls show them likely to regain the House majority, but struggling to resume control of the Senate.
That’s prompted some Republican candidates to soften their previously hardline stands against nearly all abortions.
The latest Reuters poll shows 63% of voters less likely to back candidates who support bans or severe restrictions.
Pro-life groups claim the Democrats’ refusal to condemn late-term abortions is making them vulnerable in key swing states.