Graham introduced a bill this month that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy across the United States. However, contrary to Biden’s comment, he said exceptions could be made “in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.”
“Abortion is not prohibited in the United States. It’s up to elected officials in the United States to define the issue,” Graham said as she announced the proposal last week, surrounded by several anti-abortion leaders. “States have the ability to do [so] at the state level, and we have the capacity in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose I have chosen to speak.”
Graham previously had a different opinion, narration reporters last month that “states should decide the issue of abortion.” He now favors national legislation, saying abortion “is not a states’ rights issue.”
appearing in foxnews on Thursday, he reaffirmed his commitment to a nationwide ban: “We are a national party. Here is my position on the border. Here is my position on the crime. Here is my position on inflation. … We owe it to the American people to tell them who we are, and this is who we are as a national party.”
“They are trying to marginalize me. I’m a pro-life guy now, always have been,” she continued. “I guess this is what I’m saying to the pro-life movement: stand up for the baby in a reasonable way, they need you now.”
Graham introduces bill to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks
Other Republicans have promoted state laws against abortion without exceptions. The nonprofit Pointer Institute reported in July that 15 of 22 states with new or upcoming laws limiting abortion do not allow exceptions for rape or incest.
Biden, the second Catholic president in US history after John F. Kennedy, had a shifting public opinion on abortion rights. Now, as an outspoken supporter, he is at odds with some American bishops who have refused to offer him Communion or questioned his Catholic faith.
Biden said Pope Francis told him last year that he is a “good Catholic,” though Francis also called his stance “inconsistent” and fixed which leaves the issue to Biden’s “conscience.” The Catholic Church generally believes that human life begins at conception and that abortion is prohibited, although surgery to save the life of the mother is permitted even if it inadvertently causes the death of the fetus. For his part, Francis has I call the “murder” of abortion, while warning US bishops not to get involved in politics by opposing political leaders’ positions on abortion rights.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responds to Republicans criticizing him for proposing a 15-week national abortion ban just before the election:
“We owe it to the American people to tell them who we are, and this is who we are as a national party.” pic.twitter.com/wqyl4PsYZO
— The Count (@therecount) September 22, 2022
In any case, Graham’s measure has little chance of advancing as long as Democrats hold a majority in Congress.
Biden said Graham and others want to “make sure that roe gone forever and dobbs it becomes national law.” He referred to the June Supreme Court ruling in Dobbsv. jackson Womens Health Organization, that canceled the 1973 roe v. calf decision that gave women the constitutional right to abortion.
“Well, the good news is, for me, I’m going to be here for at least another two years anyway. … I’m going to veto it. It’s not going to happen,” Biden said to applause, referring to the nationwide abortion ban.
Republicans confused on abortion as Graham’s proposed ban exposes divisions
Abortion is now banned or mostly banned in 15 states, while laws in several others are in various stages of legal limbo. Last month, Indiana passed a near total ban on abortion, becoming the first state to do so after roe it was shot down in June.
But Kansas voters rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed state lawmakers to regulate abortion, the first time voters in a statewide referendum decided on such a provision after the fall of roe. This month in South Carolina, Republicans also failed in their bid to ban abortion almost entirely.
While Republicans have generally praised the ruling’s overturning roemany have avoided focusing on the issue ahead of the midterm elections, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“I think most members of my conference prefer to have this dealt with at the state level,” McConnell said last week, apparently dismissing Graham’s bill.
Democrats have roundly criticized the bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it “the latest and clearest sign of MAGA’s extreme Republican intent to criminalize women’s health freedom in all 50 states and arrest doctors for providing basic care.
Several opinion polls show that the majority of Americans are in favor of abortion rights. in a Washington Post-Sharp School Survey in July, 65 percent of those surveyed indicated that the end of roe it represented a “major loss of rights,” and nearly a third said abortion will be one of the “most important” issues when they vote in November.