Sen. Lee Introduces 20-Week Abortion Ban for Washington, D.C.

May 9, 2013 — Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Tuesday introduced a bill (S 886) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Washington, D.C., the AP/Washington Post reports. The measure is based on the disputed theory that a fetus can feel pain at that point of development.

D.C. leaders called the legislation an intrusion on local affairs.

Lee's bill mirrors a measure (HR 1797) introduced in the House by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).

The House last year voted on a similar measure (HR 3803), but, while a majority supported it, it failed to garner enough support because it was considered under special rules (AP/Washington Post, 5/8).