South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks, a move that surprises even some in her own party.
Over the summer, the Supreme Court struck down roe v wade, essentially returning the question of legal abortion to the individual states; you might remember that Kansas had its own vote on the issue over the summer. In Graham’s native South Carolina, the limit is 21 weeks and 6 days, by AbortionFinder.Org (The state also has a parental consent law for minors.) the overturning of roe it was heralded as a major victory by anti-choice activists and other conservatives who see it as a state problem. Buoyed by the court’s decision, Senator Graham introduced legislation on Tuesday, September 13, that would ban all abortions nationwide after 15 weeks, according to the New York Times.
You can read the full text of the legislation here.
As the Times The article notes that Democrats currently control the Senate, and there is “no chance” that the party’s leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer, will give the bill a vote.
Still, Graham’s bill has set off another wave of controversy and disagreement about the government’s role on this issue. “Obviously there is a division of opinion in terms of whether the abortion law should be decided by the states, which is my preference … and those who want to establish some kind of minimum standard,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn. political of his party’s reaction. On Twitter, Senator Schumer called the ban “radical” and the product of “MAGA Republicans.”