In a press release, Hatch said “Simple human compassion requires that we protect unborn children from the pain of abortion. Even abortion supporters say that the debate should be based on medical science, and we now know that each of us could feel pain as early as 20 weeks after conception. I hope that protecting children from pain can be a basis for common ground and that this bill can become law.”
The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)., would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide because of scientific and medical evidence indicating that 20 weeks is the point at which unborn children can feel pain.
Hatch joined 32 other Republican senators in cosponsoring the bill.
Critics, such as Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Planned Parenthood attacked the proposed bill, calling it “extreme” and “unconstitutional.” Sen. Murray also said the bill is an “absolute non-starter” in the Senate.
The House passed similar legislation in June by a vote of 228-196.