Senate rejects bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

The measure would threaten abortion providers with five years in jail.

The restrictions would not apply in cases of rape or incest, or when abortion is considered necessary to save the life of the mother.

The Senate needed 60 votes to end debate on the legislation. The final tally was 51-46.

Democrats slammed Republicans for wasting time on a "politically-motivated, partisan bill" just days after Congress voted to re-open the government.

"I hope this time Republicans listen. I hope they will stop trying to pretend that they are in any way qualified to interfere with decisions that a woman has the Constitutional right to make on her own," Murray said Monday on the Senate floor. Murray is the ranking member of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

“We didn’t win the vote today, but we won hearts and minds," Graham said in a statement after the bill stalled in the Senate. "I have not given up this fight and I hope you will not either. Together we must press on and continue pushing for protection of the unborn."

"When I addressed the 45th annual March for Life, I called on the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, important legislation that would protect our most vulnerable," Trump said in a statement. "It is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration."