Media Lindsey Graham proposes a national abortion ban

Media Lindsey Graham proposes a national abortion ban

US Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina has introduced a landmark bill on Tuesday. According to the bill, there would be ban on abortions after 15 weeks of the worldwide. This bill will be applicable all across the nation and it is the biggest step taken by the Republicans to restrict abortion cases on the federal level.

It is the biggest step taken since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The bill conveys that post 15 weeks there will be no abortion on demand with the exceptions in cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother. This bill is actually a kind of reversal for Graham who has continuously maintained that overturning Roe is allowing each state to decide on their own policy on abortion and instead argued that it would be the most constitutionally sound way to dealing with abortion cases.

On Tuesday he clarified that the new bill is actually meant to clarify Republican’s stance on abortion. He also said that the bill will also be a response to the failed efforts of the Democrats in re-establishing national protections for abortion. Graham clarified that since Democrats had introduced the bill to define who they were, Republicans also thought that they will introduce a bill to who they are. He made the announcement of this bill alongside Marjorie Dannenfels.

This bill does not seem to have chance of advancing till the Democrats is controlling the Congress. Graham also clarified on Tuesday that if Republicans take back the control of the House and the Senate in the midterm elections, then he is expecting a vote on the 15 week abortion ban. But Mitch McConnell who is the Senate Republican immediately contradicted saying that they would want to bring the bill to the vote.

They would want it to be dealt at the state level itself. It is to be also noted that majority of the abortions do happen before the 15 weeks of pregnancy and those who do abortions beyond that point are those who learn that they have fetal anomalies or other health issue or those who did not know that they were pregnant earlier.

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