Biden reprimands Lindsey Graham over proposed nationwide abortion ban

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President Biden is taking Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (SC) and other Republicans to task over a proposed nationwide abortion ban, an issue poised to be a galvanizing issue in the midterm elections.

“Think about what these guys are talking about,” Biden told a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York this week. “No exceptions – rape, incest – no exceptions, regardless of age,” he said of the proposed ban. “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic,” he added. “My church doesn’t even make that argument now.”

Graham introduced a bill this month that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy throughout the United States. But contrary to Biden’s comment, he said exceptions could be made “in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.”

In general, the Catholic Church believes that human life begins at conception and that abortion is prohibited, although surgery to save the mother’s life is permitted, even if it inadvertently causes the death of the fetus. Pope Francis has that on his side called abortion “murder,” while admonishing US bishops against getting involved in politics by opposing political leaders’ positions on abortion rights.

“Abortion is not banned in America. It is left to the elected officials of America to define the issue,” Graham said when he announced the proposal last week, surrounded by several female anti-abortion leaders. “States have the ability to [so] at the state level, and we have the ability in Washington to talk about this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak.”

Graham previously had a different view, Narrator reporters last month that “states should decide the issue of abortion.” Now he’s advocating for national legislation, saying abortion is “not a states’ rights issue.”

See you on Fox News on Thursday, he reaffirmed his commitment to a nationwide ban: “We are a national party. Here’s my position on the border. Here’s my position on crime. Here’s my position on inflation. … We owe it to the American people to tell them, who we are and here is who we are as a national party.”

“They’re trying to marginalize me. Now I’m a pro-life guy, always have been,” he continued. “I think this is what I’m saying to the pro-life movement: Stand up for the baby on a reasonable way – they need you now.”

Graham introduces bill to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks

Other Republicans have promoted state antiabortion laws without exceptions. Nonprofit Poynter Institute reported in July that 15 of 22 states with new or upcoming laws restricting abortion do not allow exemptions for rape or incest.

Biden, the second Catholic president in American history after John F. Kennedy, has had one changing public opinion about abortion rights. Now he is like a clear supporter contrary to some American bishops who have refused to offer him communion or questioned his Catholic faith.

Biden said he was told by Francis last year that he is a “good Catholic”, although Francis has also called his position an “incoherence” and listed that he leaves the issue to Biden’s “conscience”.

In any case, Graham’s measure has little chance of passing while Democrats hold the majority in Congress.

Biden said Graham and others want to “make sure that Roe is forever gone and Dobbs becomes national law.” He referred to the Supreme Court’s judgment in June i Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned in 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave women a constitutional right to abortion.

“Well, the good news is — for me, anyway — I’m going to be around for at least two more years. … I’m going to veto it. It’s not going to happen,” Biden said to applause, referring to a nationwide abortion ban.

Republicans in confusion over abortion as ban proposed by Graham exposes rift

Abortion is now banned or mostly banned in 15 states, while laws in several others are in various stages of legal limbo. Last month, Indiana passed an almost total abortion banand becomes the first state to do so after Roe was struck down in June.

But Kansas voters rejected a ballot it would have allowed state lawmakers to regulate abortion — the first time voters in a referendum had decided on such a provision since the fall Roe. IN South Carolina this month Republicans also fell short in their bid for an almost total abortion ban.

While Republicans have generally praised the ruling’s overturning Roemany have avoided to focus on the problem ahead of the midterm electionsincluding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“I think most of the members of my conference would prefer this to be dealt with at the state level,” McConnell said last week, apparently rejecting Graham’s bill.

Democrats have strongly criticized the bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it “the latest, clearest signal of extreme MAGA Republicans’ intent to criminalize women’s health freedoms in all 50 states and arrest doctors for providing basic care.”

Several polls show that a majority of Americans are in favor of abortion rights. In a Washington Post-Schar School Poll in July, 65 percent of respondents indicated that the end of Roe represented a “major loss of rights”, and almost a third said that abortion will be one of them “simple most important” question when they vote in November.

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