Leftist commentators and Democrats appear to be celebrating a piece of legislation offered by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, that would codify a nationwide abortion ban into federal law.
Graham, on Tuesday, held a press conference to announce legislation imposing a federal ban on most abortions past 15 weeks. The proposal comes less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe. v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing the procedure throughout the country, and sent the issue back to states to decide for themselves.
After agreeing that “abortion is a contentious issue,” Graham said: “We will introduce legislation…to get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world.”
“I look forward to the debate, I look forward to the vote. If we take back the House and Senate, I can assure you we’ll have a vote on our bill. If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if we’ll ever have a vote on our bill,” he added.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration considers Graham’s measure as extreme.
“Today, Senator Graham introduced a national ban on abortion which would strip away women’s rights in all 50 states. This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe,” she said.
“While President Biden and Vice President Harris are focused on the historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, health care, and energy – and to take unprecedented action to address climate change – Republicans in Congress are focused on taking rights away from millions of women. The President and Vice President are fighting for progress, while Republicans are fighting to take us back,” she added.
While @POTUS and @VP are focused today on the historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and lowering costs for the American people, Republicans in Congress are focused on stripping away rights from millions of American women. https://t.co/qCRuY0JE8e
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) September 13, 2022
In fact, however, as the Media Research Center pointed out, most Americans are against “infanticide.”
Reporter: Would the Biden Admin be open to a compromise with Sen. @LindseyGrahamSC's bill, since many Americans don't support late-term abortion.
KJP says the bill is extreme and not what Americans want – ignoring most Americans are against infanticide pic.twitter.com/JtcWHGfTGD
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) September 13, 2022
Still, Democrats and far-left commentators essentially thanked Graham for handing the party a “gift” ahead of the crucial November midterm elections.
someone at DNC needs to send Lindsey Graham a gift basket for making clear Rs are after a natl abortion ban.
— Jennifer “Pro-privacy” Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 13, 2022
Thank you to GOP Senator @LindseyGrahamSC for making clear that abortion is on the ballot this November.
Democrats support Roe v. Wade. Republicans want to impose a national abortion ban and government-mandated pregnancies.
The two parties are not the same. Vote this November. https://t.co/j4y4yY6QlF
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 13, 2022
Lindsey Graham just took a flamethrower to every carefully crafted Republican narrative designed to fool voters about their intentions on abortion. The American people can now see very clearly what they intend to do.
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 13, 2022
My mom raised me to fight for the rights & freedom of others. I was raising Jaime to do the same, until she was murdered. I hear you Lindsey Graham. American voters are clear. You put it out there for all today. I predict a record voter turnout and America saying NO WAY!!!
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 13, 2022
Lindsey Graham really wants November to be about abortion. He thinks his national abortion ban will galvanize voters.
He’s right. It will.
I say, “Challenge accepted.” What do you think, friends? So say you all?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 13, 2022
Why is Lindsey Graham introducing national abortion ban legislation right now? To distract everyone from Trump’s downfall. And while that might work, it’ll just make more midterm voters more aware that women’s rights are on the line in November. Thanks for the assist, jackass!
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 13, 2022