Proposed GOP bill would ban abortions at federal level

"Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act" would leave state bans that are more restrictive in place, but outlaw state bans that allowed abortions after 15 weeks.

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A new bill introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) alongside 80 House Republicans would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” would leave state bans that are more restrictive in place, but outlaw state bans that allowed abortions after 15 weeks.

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade by removing constitutional protections for abortion and leaving the decision to the states, the proposed bill would create a federal abortion ban across the United States.

“I think we should have a law at the federal level that would say, after 15 weeks, no abortion on demand except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” Graham said.

While science has yet to determine whether, or when a fetus can feel pain, opposition to the bill said personal health care decisions should be left to the individual.

“This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe. President Biden and Congressional Democrats are committed to restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade in the face of continued radical steps by elected Republicans to put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, said.

According to Causes.com, “President Joe Biden has promised to sign legislation codifying the right to an abortion if two more Democrats are elected to the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm elections.”

“[I]f you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we’re going to codify Roe and once again make Roe the law of the land,” Biden said.

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