Lindsey Graham Pushes New Bill – But Will Lawmakers Support It?
(ConservativeHub.com) – After the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, politicians have focused on abortion as they fight for wins in the midterm elections. In a move to finalize the federal stance on the issue, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, limiting the procedure to 15 weeks gestation.
In a September 13 press release, Graham noted that 15 weeks is pivotal because an unborn baby begins to feel pain. He also emphasized the limit aligns with the laws concerning abortion in European nations.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill on Tuesday that would ban doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, putting a brighter spotlight on the contentious issue headed into the November midterms https://t.co/kDglcRub8B
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 13, 2022
The senator explained the legislation provides exceptions for rape and incest or when a mother’s life is in jeopardy. Still, he claimed the bill must pass to avoid the progressive push for a no-limit federal abortion law and called his proposal a “responsible alternative.” Graham also stated in his press release that the policies Democrats push don’t match what Americans want. He said 72% of voters want limits on late-term abortions.
However, the measure resulted in some backlash from both sides of the aisle. Democrats and pro-choice advocates labeled the bill a ban that would remove women’s control over their bodies. According to the Wall Street Journal, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated voters should side with Democrats if they value healthcare for women.
Graham’s proposal also drew criticism from within the GOP, WSJ reported. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) raised a point supported by some others in his party. He argued abortion is an issue that should remain under state control and not something to legislate at the federal level.
What do you think? Should abortion remain a state issue rather than a federal one?
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