Republican Lindsey Graham proposes nationwide 15-week abortion ban

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Senator Lindsey Graham was proposing legislation Tuesday for a nationwide 15-week abortion ban as a politically risky tactic in response to a Supreme Court ruling overturning federal protections for the procedure earlier this summer. A backlash ensues.

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polling shows that 57% of Americans disapprove About overturning the court’s June 1973 Roe v Wade decision that guaranteed abortions, and 62% say the procedure should be legal in all or most cases.

A South Carolina Republican, Graham’s proposal would be called the “Protecting Pain-Able Unborn Children from the Late-Term Abortion Act.” It has no chance of becoming law, but is seen by analysts as an attempt to frame the discussion around abortion, which is less than 60 days by midterm.


Republicans in states including South Carolina have seen recent efforts to ban abortions falter, and Democrats will certainly use Graham’s push to fire and repeal their base. early warning That the agenda of his opponents has always been an attempt to outlaw abortion at the national level.

Previous Versions of Graham’s Bill has outlawed abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but at a press conference on Tuesday he was unveiling a proposed ban that takes effect after 15 weeks, an attempt to align federal law with Florida’s.

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Graham’s earlier proposals included exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting the mother’s life, which Florida law does not.

Even if Republicans seize control of the chamber in November, their bill is unlikely to pass because current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will not be ready to lift the filibuster. – a process that requires the bill to win 60’s support. Senator – for the issue of abortion.

McConnell and Republicans have generally paid attention to developments since the fall of Roe v Wade. While nine Republican-controlled states moved swiftly to ban abortion, others have seen a significant backlash.

In Kansas, a staunchly conservative state, voters rejected abortion restrictions by a huge margin last month, and pro-choice advocates scored a notable victory earlier this month when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that The fate of the abortion ban will be in the hands of mid-term voters instead of the state legislature.

Democratic candidates have clearly picked up momentum. In Pennsylvania, Senate candidate John Fetterman told a weekend rally that abortion rights were at the top of his agenda. “Women are the reason we can win. Don’t piss women off,” he said.

According to research from TargetSmart, a polling analysis company, Pennsylvania ranks fifth among the states Big difference in registration numbers between men and women Since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.

A growing number of Republican candidates running for election in the mid-November midterm, meanwhile, are softening their stance on abortion in an effort to shore up the vote.

They include Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, whose campaign website once said he supported “federal personality legislation” and was “100% pro-life.” Their website now says, “Protect the kids, don’t let them die,” followed by, “Democrats lie about my views on abortion.”

Marjorie Danenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Group, which promoted Graham’s Law, said in a statement He is a “radical Democrat” [are] Advancing the extreme agenda of abortion on demand until birth, paid for by the taxpayer, leaving countless unborn children and mothers vulnerable to the violence of abortion. ,

He called on Congress to “find a consensus on the minimum federal standard,” which reflects the values ​​of the overwhelming majority of Americans. Harvard Harris Poll From June it was suggested that 79% of Americans wanted abortions limited to 15 weeks.

However, the same survey also found that 55% opposed the reversal of Roe v Wade.


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