Graham Holds Presser For National Abortion Ban Bill

The New York Times reports:

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced legislation on Tuesday that would institute a federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, moving to unite the Republican Party behind a position before midterm elections in which abortion rights have become a potent issue.

There is no chance that Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, would allow such a bill to receive a vote in the Senate, where his party has been focused on preserving abortion access after the Supreme Court’s ruling in June ending the constitutional right to abortion.

But Mr. Graham’s proposal was an effort to insulate Republicans from a backlash from voters after that decision, and after subsequent efforts in G.O.P.-led states to enact bans on nearly all abortions.

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