Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, led Republicans in the Senate to introduce legislation to impose an abortion ban nationwide on Tuesday.
The legislation uses loaded and deceitful languageIts title. The bill, called the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” by its anti-abortion proponents, would ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It would only allow abortion after that timeframeIf a person has been raped or incestualized, or if their pregnancy is a danger to their lives.
The majority of physicians agree there is no such thing as a “late-term abortion,”This terminology is meant to confuse people into opposing the procedure. Even so, describing week 15 as “late” in a pregnancy is incredibly inaccurate, many have pointed out.
“Pregnancy is 40 weeks. 15 is NOT late,” political commentator Lindy Li said on Twitter. “‘Late-term’ abortion is just as FAKE as ‘pro-life.’”
The bill isn’t expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but it’s likely that the legislation is meant to send a message to the GOP’s anti-abortion voting base — that if they turn out in the 2022 midterms to vote Republicans into congressional power, more legislation like this will be the result.
Indeed, The Republicans are clear about how they will handle abortion.if they win control of either one or both of the houses of Congress this election. In May, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R.Kentucky), stated that he and other GOP lawmakers would “certainly legislate in that area”If they were elected to the Senate.
Reproductive rights advocates and members from the media attacked the legislation on social networks.
“A few months ago Republicans were heralding the fact that abortion decisions were being sent back to the voter and to the states,” noted Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY’s List. “Now they want a national abortion ban.”
“We should be clear that this is actually a blue state abortion ban. The vast majority of red states already have bans stricter than this one,” Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall said. “So the point here is really only to overrule the laws of blue states that protect abortion rights.”
“I’m already seeing the ‘it’s only 15 weeks’ talking point, as if the end of Roe didn’t *start with incrementalism*,” said journalist Andrea Grimes. “Anti-abortion politicians have never stopped at 20 or 15 or 12 or 6 weeks, and they aren’t going to do it now, either!”