Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News yesterday that he believes most Americans would support a nationwide ban on abortion. In an interview with Fox News Sunday‘s Shannon Bream, the Trump sycophant and flip-flopping lawmaker told the host:
“I am confident the American people would accept a national ban on abortion at 15 weeks,” Graham said. “And to those who suggest that being pro-life is losing politics, I reject that.”
Graham pushed the false narrative that Democrats support abortions up until delivery, fear mongering an issue that has been debunked many times over.
“I will not sit on the sidelines and watch this nation become China when it comes to aborting babies up to the moment of birth,” he said. “I reject that. I will continue to introduce legislation at the national level setting a minimum standard at 15 weeks.”
“Abortions at or after 21 weeks are uncommon.”
According to KFF, a health policy group, “1% of all abortions in the US,” are what’s considered “late-term” abortions and that, “Reasons individuals seek abortions later in pregnancy include medical concerns such as fetal anomalies or maternal life endangerment, as well as barriers to care that cause delays in obtaining an abortion.”
Just days after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn settled law – and a woman’s constitutionally protected right to reproductive autonomy – Sen. Graham said that it was an issue best left up to the states. But the self-proclaimed “pro-lifer” seems to have forgotten about that, putting him at odds with his party as radical, right-wing, anti-abortion legislative candidates have been walking back their restrictive stances and scrubbing the internet of their archaic views after normally-conservative Kansas rejected an abortion ban in a recent referendum.
Senator Graham’s bill proposes a national ban after 15 weeks, with few exceptions. His GOP colleagues have criticized the proposal, as women on both sides of the aisle mobilize and push back on SCOTUS’ ruling. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell parrotted the “leave it up to the states” talking point.
“With regard to his bill, you’ll have to ask him about it. In terms of scheduling, I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at the state level,” McConnell told reporters, according to The Hill.
Graham admitted lacking the votes in the Senate, something that McConnell confirmed. The former Majority Leader said that of all the abortion votes brought to the floor, none have gotten the required 60 Senate votes to pass it.
“I think it’s safe to say there aren’t 60 votes there at the federal level, no matter who happens to be in the majority, no matter who happens to be in the White House,” McConnell added.
With ex-President Donald Trump now the subject of multiple civil and criminal investigations, ruby-red Kansas voting overwhelmingly to codify a woman’s right to choose, and the thermometer tilting left on the national pulse in regards to reproductive healthcare, rights, and autonomy, Graham needs to take a step back and read the country.
Original reporting by Zach Schonfeld at The Hill.
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