WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday defended his abortion ban law, despite lack of full GOP support,
“I am convinced that the American people would accept a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks, with exceptions for the life of the mother who raped, incest,” the Republican from South Carolina said on UKTN News Sunday.
“And if we can’t do this for the unborn, what good is the unborn?” he added.
Graham’s bill, introduced last week, would ban an abortion procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It comes weeks before the midterm elections and a few months after the Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade.
The proposal has come under criticism from some of his Republican colleagues, including South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, who told UKTN on Sunday he will not support it.
“At this point, it’s probably not the right direction for Congress to step back and tell all states that we know better than they do how to handle this,” he said.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, referring to the ban that “most members of my conference prefer this to be handled at the state level,” according to UKTN News.
Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Colorado, Joe O’Dea, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “the first five months of pregnancy are crucial and should be a choice between a woman and her doctor.”
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Candidates for the GOP Senate have been quieter on the campaign trail on the abortion issue, especially in battlefield states where polls show them behind their Democratic challengers or in neck-and-neck races.
Graham has also been consistent in his abortion stance.
“I’m not inconsistent. In 2020, I had a bill on the floor of the United States Senate right in front of the Capitol that banned abortion after 20 weeks because the baby can feel pain.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lindsey Graham Defends His 15 Week Abortion Ban Bill