Lindsey Graham Introduces Federal Bill To Ban Abortion At 15 Weeks Nationwide

Seems like Graham’s ‘let the states decide’ approach doesn’t apply to blue states seeking to protect abortion rights…

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced a new federal anti-abortion bill today that would ban the procedure after 15 weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest, or the pregnant person’s life.

The new bill is called Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, and the name alone has already sparked backlash from abortion-rights activists. The term ‘late-term abortions’ generally refers to abortions that occur after 21-24 weeks of pregnancy, not 15, but Republicans and anti-abortion activists have misused the phrasing for political purposes, activists say.

’15 weeks is not ‘late term,’ particularly given the significant challenges to access around the country,’ tweeted Christina Reynolds, VP of comms for abortion-rights PAC Emily’s List. ‘And let’s be clear: this is their first step to a full ban.’
 

Graham’s proposal of a federal abortion ban also contradicts his own public stance in the run-up to the June SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

‘If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, which I believe was one of the largest power grabs in the history of the Court, it means that every state will decide if abortion is legal and on what terms,’ Graham tweeted on May 3. ‘That, in my view, is the most constitutionally sound way of dealing with this issue and the way the United States handled the issue until 1973.’

Seems like Graham’s ‘let the states decide’ approach doesn’t apply to blue states seeking to protect abortion rights…