Sen. Lindsey Graham doubled down Sunday towards critics inside his personal social gathering who say the South Carolina Republican’s push for a federal abortion ban is jeopardizing the GOP’s possibilities in the midterm elections.
Mr. Graham launched laws for a 15-week abortion ban final week with exceptions for rape, incest and the lifetime of the mom, prompting pushback from Republicans who accused the senator of shining a highlight on an challenge that hurts them at the poll field.
“I’m pro-life, even in an election year,” he stated on “Fox News Sunday.” “To those who suggest that being pro-life is losing politics, I reject that. Listen to what I’m saying, and you decide today who you’re with.”
Mr. Graham instructed final week that the Senate would take into account his invoice if the GOP retakes the higher chamber, a notion Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly batted down.
“I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this will be dealt with at the state level,” the Kentucky Republican stated.
Mr. Graham argued that his proposal is in line with different international locations like France, Germany and England. He additionally rejected the notion that his stance is one way or the other a pivot from when he beforehand advocated — as not too long ago as final month — that abortion be left as much as the states.
“I will not sit on the sidelines and watch this nation become China when it comes to aborting babies up to the moment of birth,” Mr. Graham stated. “Here’s what [the Supreme Court] said: officials can make the decision, state or federal. I’m not inconsistent.”
Sen. Mike Rounds, South Dakota Republican, rejected Mr. Graham’s invoice Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“A better approach probably will be to allow the states to work through this and to find the appropriate language on a state-by-state basis and to find that common ground,” he stated. “After that, maybe Congress steps in again.”