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Senator Graham introduces bill to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks

The legislation proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, would ban all abortions in the United States after 15 weeks except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the mother’s life. Expected to further fuel abortion policies ahead of the November midterm elections, the move was not immediately embraced by all Republicans.

Associated Press: GOP Graham reveals nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks

At the center of the political debate, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a nationwide abortion ban on Tuesday, sending shock waves through both parties and sparking fresh debate over a risky issue weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress. Graham’s Republican Party leaders did not immediately adopt his own abortion ban bill, which would ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy with rare exceptions, and it has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic-controlled Congress. Democrats set it on fire as a worrying signal about where the MAGA Republicans would go if they win control of the House and Senate in November. (Mascara, 9/14)

Politico: Graham’s abortion ban stuns Senate Republicans

Lindsey Graham’s anti-abortion law united the Republican Party. The 15-week abortion ban he introduced on Tuesday had the exact opposite effect. The South Carolina senator chose a uniquely tense moment to unveil his party’s first bill limiting abortion access since the turning point reversed this summer in Roe v. Wade. It was designed as a nod to anti-abortion activists who had never felt more emboldened. However, Graham’s bill also attempted to bypass a divided Republican Party over whether Congress should legislate on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned a nationwide right to terminate a pregnancy. (Everett, Levine & Fries, 9/13)

ABC News: Graham’s proposed near-total national abortion ban is quickly meeting GOP resistance

Even if the Republican Party regains control of the Senate in November, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, said he doesn’t know if Republicans will continue to vote on Graham’s resolution. Similarly, only a few GOP Senate candidates in competitive races have expressed support for the measure, including the Arizona Blake Masters and Georgia Herschel Walker. Joe O’Dea, a moderate Republican seeking to impeach Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett, told the Denver Post that he did not support Graham’s bill and called for “balance on the abortion issue.” (Ferris, 9/13)

Hill: McConnell casts shadow over Graham’s proposed national abortion ban

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) clarified Tuesday that Senate Republicans aren’t eager to discuss Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposal to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and told reporters that most Republican senators want to leave The case for countries. McConnell also said Graham’s proposal is the initiative of the South Carolina senator and not something that is being pushed at the leadership level. (Bolton, 9/13)

Graham’s announcement likely to shake up the midterm elections

New York Times: Republicans Struggle to Unite Party Over National Abortion Restrictions

For weeks, anti-abortion activists and their Republican allies have quietly sought to rally their party around a single abortion program, hoping to settle divisions and reduce the political damage from an increasingly potent issue in the midterm elections. But when Senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday introduced a proposal to ban abortion for 15 weeks aimed at uniting his party, the result was even more divisive. (Lerer and Dias, 9/13)

NEWSWEEK: Lindsey Graham gambles on Republican midterm win with 15-week abortion ban

Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to federally ban abortion after 15 weeks may jeopardize the GOP’s midterm victories as the party faces a political backlash over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. …Republicans once hoped President Joe Biden’s late approval numbers would propel them to a solid midterm victory, but recent polls indicate that their hardline stance on abortion has eroded their lead. Graham’s 15-week ban on abortion could put Republican candidates in competitive races in an awkward position as they try to strike a balance between stimulating their conservative base and not alienating moderate and independent voters from abortion. (Stanton, 9/13)

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The Hill: White House attacks Graham’s abortion bill as ‘far off step’

The White House on Tuesday called a new bill that would impose a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy as “largely inconsistent” with the state, pushing hard for legislation introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (Republic of Russia). White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said in a statement that the ban “would repeal women’s rights in all 50 states.” (Giangitano, 9/13)

Democrats urge President Biden to protect reproductive health data

West Virginia passes abortion ban, second state to do so since Row’s fall

Republican Governor Jim Just is expected to sign the bill after he called a special legislative session to “clarify” the state’s abortion law. The bill contains exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies. Meanwhile, Indiana’s abortion ban – the first state to pass a new law this summer – will go into effect Thursday.

The Hill: West Virginia legislature approves abortion ban, heads to governor for signature

The West Virginia legislature approved a blanket abortion ban on Tuesday, allowing the procedure only in cases of medical emergencies, rape and incest. The bill, known as HB 302, will now head to the office of Governor Jim Justice (right), who called a special session of the legislature in July to “clarify and update” the state’s abortion laws in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. (Gans, 9/13).

Washington Post: West Virginia lawmakers approve abortion ban

The West Virginia legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to ban nearly all abortions, making it the second state to pass a new ban since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. … West Virginia Republicans have moved ahead with a strict ban despite indications in other parts of the country that many American voters do not support the Supreme Court’s ruling and largely oppose the harshest restrictions on abortion. A similar attempt to pass a near-total abortion ban in South Carolina fizzled out last week, and voters vehemently rejected a ballot in Kansas that would strip abortion protections from the state constitution. (Shepherd, 9/13).

Indiana’s abortion ban goes into effect tomorrow

NPR: The first abortion ban passed after Roe took effect Thursday in Indiana

The first new abortion ban passed by the state legislature since the overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer is set to go into effect Thursday in Indiana. Indiana lawmakers passed legislation banning most abortions in a special session in early August. It includes narrow exceptions for rape, incest, some serious medical complications, and emergencies. (Mccamon, 9/14)

In abortion updates from California –

AP: California launches website promoting abortion services

California launched a publicly funded website Tuesday to promote abortion services in the state, list clinics, link to financial assistance for travel and accommodations and let teens in other states know they don’t need their parents’ permission to have an abortion in the state. The website is part of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s pledge to make California a haven for women seeking abortions now that the US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 decision that said states cannot ban abortion. (beam, 9/13)

Bay Area News Group: Newsom unveils website to facilitate access to abortions in California allows users to search for an abortion provider near them, providing information about abortion rights, different types of abortion, how to pay for the procedure and more. The website contains resources for both people who live in California and who come from states where abortions have been restricted or prohibited, such as Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama. It is available in Spanish, and will be translated into additional languages ​​as well, according to the governor’s office. (Kendall, 9/13)

From Iowa, Texas, and elsewhere –

The Texas Tribune: Fetal character law is complicated and Texas is only beginning to solve it

During the 1960s and 1970s, opponents of abortion lobbied for an amendment to the United States Constitution that would define life as beginning at the point of fertilization. Such an amendment would have automatically criminalized abortion throughout the country. But it will also raise all kinds of new questions like whether a fetus should be included when setting tax credits for children, in census counts — or even as a passenger in the high-space vehicle lane. Critics say lawmakers have not fully considered these legal questions. Georgia is the only state with a “fetal personality law,” according to the Guttmacher Institute, and that state is still trying to figure out exactly how to enforce that law. (Selhotra, 9/13).

Newsweek: Abortion clinics rush to move to friendlier border cities as ban begins

Oregon. Minnesota. Illinois. New Mexico. Anticipating a wave of women willing to cross the border to have an abortion, these abortion-friendly nations are allowing a series of new clinics to open in their vicinity. … Some critics have described this as the new “abortion tourism,” creating regional abortion hotspots next to states where the procedure has been outlawed. (Dwayne, 9/13)

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