Graham to introduce bill that would restrict abortions nationwide

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) will make public on Tuesday his intention to introduce a bill in the Senate that would ban abortions nationwide, The one who is should restrict the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancyaccording to several anti-abortion advocates familiar with the internal discussions.

Graham will be joined at a noon Tuesday press conference by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, as well as other anti-abortion leaders. Representatives for Graham and the Susan B. Anthony Group did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday morning.

The name of his bill – which includes the non-medical phrase “late abortions” – has drawn heavy criticism from abortion rights campaigners. Used almost exclusively by anti-abortion activists, the phrase is in general understood to refer to abortions between or after 21 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

“15 weeks is not a ‘late term’, especially given the significant access challenges across the country,” Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at Emily’s List, wrote in a tweet.

While most people have abortions earlier in pregnancy, the 15 and 20 week abortion bans disproportionately affect patients with fetal abnormalities, which are often detected on an anatomical examination at 20 weeks, as well as those who take longer to realize they are pregnant. These types of bans will also affect more people in a post-roe deer America, as abortion clinics struggle to accommodate a surge of patients from states where abortion is now banned.

Democrats quickly responded to reports of Graham’s efforts with anger, and sworn that the measurement would go nowhere.

“I will block all efforts in the Senate to advance a national abortion ban – period,” tweeted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who is locked in a tough re-election bid. “We no longer need male politicians telling women what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.”

“I will never understand the Republican obsession with what goes on in your room or in your doctor’s office, but I know it doesn’t belong in government anywhere. Your right to privacy is fundamental,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) tweeted.

The timing of Graham’s announcement is curious, two months after most Republicans justified the Supreme Court decision June Decision to spill Roe vs. Wade arguing that abortion rights should be left to states to decide. It will also come two months before the midterm elections, after abortion has already proven to be a galvanizing issue for some Democratic voters. While Republicans have generally welcomed the reversal of the decision roe deermany have preferred not to focus on the question before the mid-terms.

Last month, Kansas voters firmly rejected a referendum that would have allowed state lawmakers to regulate abortion, the first time state voters have decided on such an amendment since roe deer was overthrown. Last week, Republicans in South Carolina failed in their bid for a near total ban on abortion in the state. Planned Parenthood announced plans last month to spend a record $50 million with the aim of electing abortion-rights supporters across the country in November, banking on the belief that abortion will help train Democratic voters.

Additionally, several red states have already implemented stricter bans. “Trigger laws” restricting or prohibiting abortion came into effect immediately after roe deer was knocked down in at least eight states, and several others are at various stages of legal stalemate. Last month, Indiana has passed a near total ban on abortionthe first to do so after roe deer was struck down.

Before the Supreme Court reversed Roe vs. Wade in June, many Republican lawmakers and advocates had pushed for a strict nationwide ban on “heartbeats” on abortions, which would have banned the procedure after heart activity was detected, at about six weeks pregnant. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) had planned In the wings introduce the bill.

But months after the landmark abortion decision, those plans have quietly faltered. While this bill was being drafted, there is no timetable for Ernst or any other senator to introduce it, according to several anti-abortion advocates close to the situation.

Instead, some leading anti-abortion advocates are hoping Republicans will rally behind a 15-week ban, long denounced by many in the anti-abortion movement because it would allow the vast majority of abortions to happen. to chase.

Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, said she expects Graham’s bill to be “universally accepted,” providing a path forward that a variety of Republican senators can sustain.

“I think the starting point is where Graham starts,” Dannenfelser said in an interview before Graham’s bill was released. “Graham is the momentum and it will increase when he presents [his bill].”

Some Republicans aren’t so sure. Since the Supreme Court ruling, many have publicly stated that they believe abortion should be left to the states.

Even before an anti-abortion amendment was resoundingly defeated in his home state, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) told the Washington Post that he doubted there was a future for anything. type of national ban on abortion.

“I just don’t see the momentum at the federal level,” Marshall said in a July 25 interview. “I think the legislative priority should be with the states.”

Republicans have been forced to heed a growing body of data suggesting abortion could be a decisive issue in the medium term, motivating Democratic and independent voters far more than expected. Candidates who support abortion rights have outperformed in recent special elections, while key battleground states have seen an increase in the number of Democratic and independent women registering to vote.

Some Republicans have become increasingly hesitant to discuss the topic of a national abortion ban during the campaign trail. In Arizona, Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters removed any mention of his support for a “federal personality law” from his website, legislation that would likely have banned abortion nationwide after conception. The Masters website now says he would support a ban on third-trimester abortions, at around 27 weeks gestation, a much more popular position.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America applauded the change in a press releaseclaiming that Masters “rightly has centered its position on what is achievable at the federal level.”

Abortion rights groups have seized on the looming threat of a nationwide abortion ban, hoping to mobilize voters around the issue across the country, including those in states where abortion rights is protected.

“For anyone in a state where abortion isn’t yet restricted or banned, we especially want to say to those voters, ‘This is everybody’s business. It could happen in your state too. if they vote against efforts to protect abortion,” said Jacqueline Ayers, senior vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In the House and Senate, Republicans are debating other types of abortion legislation that might be easier to pass than a nationwide ban.

Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said in an interview that members discussed first-of-its-kind legislation that would provide federal funding to pregnancy centers in crisis, anti -abortion organizations that try to dissuade women from having abortions and sometimes offer diapers and other aids to new moms.

Rachel Roubein and Marianna Sotomayor contributed to this report.

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