(CNS News) -- When asked if there is "any doubt that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did not answer directly but said that such a baby "has a developed heart" and that people can discuss "when do you become human."
On Tuesday, Sen. Graham introduced new legislation to prohibit abortion nationwide after 15 weeks, the "Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act."
At the U.S. Capitol, CNS News asked Senator Graham, "When President Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked whether Biden believes a 15-week-old unborn baby is a 'human being,' she dodged the question. Is there any doubt that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?"
Graham replied, "Well, there's no doubt in my mind that a 15-week-old unborn baby has a developed heart. Has a -- when you have a soul, you have one, one of the great mysteries. We could talk about when do you become human, what point in time do you become who you are. We're trying to basically normalize America here."
"Other countries have concluded, for whatever reason, that at this point -- 12 weeks and 14 weeks -- the baby's well developed enough that you would basically limit abortion to exceptionally rare circumstances," said Graham. "We think that analysis is right, and I would urge President Biden to take a look at this and see if we can work together to get America where most people in the world are."
The senator's new bill is co-sponsored with House Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). The legislation would limit abortion after 15 weeks in all 50 states.
At the press conference, Graham said of the bill, “States have the ability to do it [limit abortion] at a state level, and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak.”
Graham was joined by a number of pro-life leaders at the press conference. In a statement, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, said, "Democrats’ pro-abortion extremism flies in the face of American public opinion, which strongly supports compassionate limits on abortion like those proposed today by Sen. Graham and Rep. Smith."
"Seventy-five percent of women, 70% of Independents and 60% of rank-and-file Democrats support legislation to protect babies by at least 15 weeks," said Dannenfelser. "This bill would bring the U.S. in line with 47 out of 50 of our European allies who protect life at this stage or even earlier.
“It is time to modernize our laws," she added. "We thank Sen. Graham and Rep. Smith for their ongoing leadership in defense of women and the unborn and call on all pro-life Republicans as well as Democrats to support this commonsense legislation.”
The White House strongly condemned Graham's legislation. In a statement, it said, "Today, Senator Graham introduced a national ban on abortion, which would strip away women’s rights in all 50 states. This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe."
"President Biden and Congressional Democrats are committed to restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade in the face of continued radical steps by elected Republicans to put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives," said the White House.