GOP Sen. Mike Rounds opposes Sen. Lindsey Graham’s national abortion ban
The senator, who as governor of South Dakota signed legislation in 2006 to ban most abortions there, is the latest in a growing list of Republicans who have opposed Graham’s law. This law, introduced on September 13, would allow some states’ stricter abortion laws to remain in place but impose new restrictions on other states.
Though the GOP has traditionally advocated limiting the process, the party is divided over whether Congress should enact abortion rules on states. Previous attempts to do so have been unsuccessful, and Rounds said Graham’s latest bill is unlikely to pass the House and Senate.
Neither senator office responded to a request for comment from the Washington Post late Sunday.
Republicans in muddle on abortion as Graham-proposed ban exposes cracks
The overturning of Roe v. calf Earlier this year, states did it the way they set their own abortion policies — and it should stay that way, Rounds said.
Since the Supreme Court set the long-standing precedent, lawmakers in 22 states have taken steps to further limit abortion access. Now nearly a third of women ages 15 to 44 live in places where the procedure is banned or mostly banned. But the cascade of legislation prompted by roe Upset is in stark contrast to what most Americans think.
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Several polls show that the majority of Americans support abortion rights. A July poll by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of respondents said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. In a Washington Post-Schar School poll the same month, 65 percent of respondents said the end of Roe v. calf represented a “major loss of rights” for women, and nearly a third said abortion will be one of the “most important” issues when they vote in November.
Still, Graham said Sunday he was “confident that the American people would accept a national abortion ban after 15 weeks.”
“And those who claim that pro-life is losing politics, I reject them,” he told Fox News Sunday.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) distanced himself from Graham’s bill last week, saying, “Most members of my conference prefer this to be dealt with at the state level.” Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin also said states should establish abortion policies.
With a 15-week benchmark, Graham’s bill is less restrictive than some of the toughest abortion laws — like the near-total bans in Indiana and West Virginia or the heartbeat laws in Texas and Georgia. However, should it happen, Graham’s bill would remove access in some blue states that have laws protecting abortion rights – New York, California and Illinois, for example.
While Republicans oppose Graham’s bill, Democrats have attacked divisions in the party.
“Republicans are twisting in pretzels to explain why they want statewide bans on abortion, even though they said they would let the states do it,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said last week.
Two days after the Supreme Court struck Low roeGraham said that “nothing in the constitution gives the federal government the right to regulate abortion.”
“Let each state do what it wants,” he told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.