Sen. Lindsey Graham is set to introduce a new nationwide “late-term” abortion ban Tuesday — less than three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and just two months out from the midterm elections, where the issue is likely to be front and center.
The South Carolina Republican is expected to call for a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy at a press conference with anti-abortion leaders, the Washington Post reported.
Graham’s office has not divulged any details on what the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act entails ahead of the announcement.
Graham has repeatedly introduced bills banning abortion after the 20-week mark, arguing that terminating a pregnancy at that stage “inflicts tremendous pain on the unborn.”
Graham’s most recent 20-week ban bill, introduced in January 2021, failed to pass and the proposed 15-week ban is not expected to receive a single Democratic vote.
Observers suggest that Graham’s proposed legislation is an attempt to portray Republicans as more moderate on abortion, which Democrats are expected to play up ahead of the Nov. 8 polling day.
GOP candidates in some battleground states — including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina — have already started to tone down the hardline anti-abortion rhetoric they campaigned on in the primaries.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put out a list last month of GOP candidates in those states who have scrubbed abortion language from campaign websites or adjusted their language on the campaign trail.
In a polling memo released Tuesday, the Republican National Committee argued that Democrats support abortion “at any time for any reason.”
Graham, meanwhile, has remained steadfast on the issue.
When a draft opinion in the case that overturned Roe v. Wade was leaked in May, Graham argued the Supreme Court “created a constitutional right that didn’t exist” when it ruled to affirm abortion rights in 1973.
“Roe v. Wade created a constitutional right that didn’t exist in the written Constitution,” Graham told “Fox News Sunday” at the time. “This created division from the day it was decided until now.”
And when he last introduced his “Pain-Capable” legislation in early 2021, Graham insisted: “I don’t believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation.”
“America is at her best when she’s standing up for the least among us, and the sooner we pass this legislation into law, the better,” he added. “We are on the right side of history.”