Murray: Abortion bill ‘going nowhere’

Senate Democrats dismissed a bill being introduced by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, saying it will go “nowhere” in the Senate.

Graham officially introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Thursday. Some scientists say a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, prompting the title of the bill.

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Sens. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayA guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit Top lawmakers from both parties: 'Vaccines save lives' MORE (D-Wash.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) spoke out against Graham’s legislation on the Senate floor moments after he was expected to tout his bill at a press conference, saying it’s “blatantly political.”

“This extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban is an absolute non-starter,” Murray said. “It’s going nowhere in the Senate and Republicans know it.”

Current federal law allows abortion up until the fetus is viable, at 24 weeks. The Democratic senators said Graham's bill was a "direct assault" on the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

“We’re not going back. We’re not going back on settled law. We’re not going to take away a woman’s ability to make her own decisions, about her own healthcare and her own body,” Murray said. “Women are not going back to a time when laws forced them into back alleys and made them subject to primitive and unsanitary care.”

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