I was proud to stand alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham in Washington today to endorse the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act.” Advancing this important Act is common sense, and we should unite as Democrats and Republicans to pass this legislation just as Congress did on Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act a generation ago.

“A majority of Americans are opposed to late term abortions after 15 weeks,” shared Sen. Steve Daines, chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus. “In fact, voters in key battleground states prefer a Republican who supports protections at 15 weeks to a Democrat who supports abortion on demand until birth—this is by a 20 point margin. I’m proud to cosponsor Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to stop painful late-term abortions after 15 weeks.”

Advancing the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” will not be easy, but is must be done.

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s press conference debuting the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” can be streamed above, and the video includes my remarks which I’m reproducing below:

The Supreme Court has finally reversed Roe v. Wade, and we celebrate that important step. But it is only a step.

We are at an inflection point in American history. We are at a turning point in the cause for the human right to life. The Supreme Court righted its historic wrong in Roe, but the tragic effects of Roe—and the deadly consequences of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence—remain with us today.

When Roe was imposed in 1973, virtually no one believed the constitution contained any right to abortion and virtually no state permitted abortion in any circumstance.

Today, more than two dozen states embrace nearly unlimited abortion. Why? Because the law is a teacher—and the states and American people took seriously the wrongheaded “lessons” of Roe v. Wade.

Americans in too many states have been taught that unlimited, extreme pro-abortion laws are not simply worth defending, but even worth celebrating.

So: Roe is gone but its consequences live on.

In Dobbs, the Supreme Court handed authority over abortion to lawmakers to protect human life.

Today, we take the next step in the cause for the human right to life—we must enshrine authentic and life-giving law and policy that moves us closer toward liberty and justice for all.

We’re here today to advance a law that will protect the lives of millions of Americans yet unborn. We’re here today because we know America should join our international peers, aligning our laws at least with our European peers, where abortion is widely prohibited at 15 weeks or even earlier.

To achieve a brighter American future—a future full of hope—we must achieve consensus on the common sense of pain-capable protections for American children and enshrine in law protection for our most vulnerable citizens.

I’m proud to stand alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham and every friend of life in Congress ready to take this important step today.

I know that, together, we will fight and we will win in the continuing war for the heart and soul of America.

Americans are ready for a pro-life future. Americans will see and remember the courage of every member of Congress willing to step up and protect America’s youngest persons.

Let’s get it done. Thank you.