Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Senate on Tuesday rejected two abortion-related bills, including one that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Though both bills received majority support, neither reached the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which failed with a 55-44 vote, would've included exceptions in the case of incest, rape or if the life of the mother was at stake. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
The second bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It would have required abortion providers to take life-saving measures for a fetus born after an attempted abortion.
The legislation failed with a 56-41 vote.
Both bills have been introduced each year for the past few years and neither were expected to pass the procedural hurdles.
"To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb," he said. "Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life."