The current ban is 24 weeks, but because children born at 20 weeks routinely survive thanks to advances in medicine, some lawmakers want to change the law to 20 weeks.
Backers of a new ban believe 20 week fetuses feel pain.
"If you can feel pain, the government should protect you from being destroyed by an abortion which i imagine would be a very painful way to die, said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
They say they're not anti women
"We are real women protecting very well developed unborn children, half of whom are women, said Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life organization.
Opponents say, fetuses are not well developed at 20 weeks
"Why not 15? Why not 6? Why not 2? Why not criminalize all abortion altogether?" asked Terry O'Neill of the National Organization for Women
Democratic lawmakers are furious
"The extreme and dangerous 20 week abortion ban is not going anywhere in the Senate," said Senator Barbara Boxer of California.
Most women voters in Virginia Tuesday rejected republican candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli, who backed more restrictions on abortion.
But a new Quinnipiac poll finds 55% of Americans agree with a 20 week limit.
Conservative activist Anna Higgins says an abortion fight could heal the GOP.
"Now the republican party is famously divided. You think this issue could unify the republicans? I do. Absolutely as I said a full 80% of Americans support banning late term abortion," said Higgins of the Family Research Council.
Now comes a new debate over what is too late?
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