Biden rebukes Lindsey Graham over proposed nationwide abortion ban

President Biden is holding Senator Lindsey O. Graham (SC) and other Republicans to account over a proposed nationwide abortion ban, a topic that will be a stimulating issue in the midterm elections.

“Think about what these guys are talking about,” Biden told a Democratic National Committee fundraising campaign this week in New York. “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 isn’t even making that argument now.”

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

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 allowed, even if it accidentally causes the death of the fetus. For his part, Pope Francis has called abortion “murder,” while also admonishing American bishops not to meddle in politics by opposing political leaders’ stance on abortion rights.

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

Graham had a different opinion before, narrate reporters last month that “states should decide on the issue of abortion.” Now he supports national legislation, saying abortion “is not a matter of states’ rights.”

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

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

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Graham introduces bill to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks

Other Republicans have promoted anti-abortion laws without exception. The nonprofit Poynter Institute reported in July that 15 of the 22 states with new or future laws restricting abortion do not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

Biden, the second Catholic president in US history after John F. Kennedy, has shifting public opinion about abortion rights. Now, as a clear supporter, he is at odds with some American bishops who have refused to offer him Communion or have 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 stated that he leaves the matter to Biden’s “conscience”.

Regardless, Graham’s move has little chance of progress, while Democrats have the majority in Congress.

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

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

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Abortion is now banned or largely banned in 15 states, while laws in several others are at various stages of legal uncertainty. Last month, Indiana passed a near-complete abortion ban, becoming the first state to do so after roe was felled in June.

But voters in Kansas rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed state lawmakers to regulate abortion — the first time voters in a state referendum after the fall of roe. In South Carolina, Republicans also fell short this month in their push for an almost complete abortion ban.

While Republicans have generally praised the overturn of the ruling roemany have avoided making the issue a focus ahead of the midterm elections, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“I think most members of my conference would prefer this to be dealt with at the state level,” McConnell said last week when he seemingly rejected Graham’s proposal.

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

Several polls show that a majority of Americans support abortion rights. In a July Washington Post-Schar School poll, 65 percent of respondents said the end of roe represented a “major loss of rights,” and nearly a third said abortion will be one of the “key” issues when they vote in November.

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