Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
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Graham during a Monday “Fox & Friends” interview said abortion was “not a states’ rights issue.”
Last month, he said during a CNN discussion that states “should decide the issue of abortion.”
Graham’s abortion bill has attracted a mixed reception from GOP lawmakers and candidates.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said that abortion was “not a states’ rights issue,” just weeks after expressing that individual states “should decide the issue of abortion.”
While speaking with panelists on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends,” on Monday night, the South Carolina Republican remarked on his proposed national abortion ban, which would bar the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal has attracted some opposition from fellow GOP lawmakers, who maintain that the issue is best left to the states.
“This is not a state’s rights issue. This is a human right issue,” Graham said on Monday. “At 15 weeks, a baby sucks his thumb, at 20 weeks you are encouraged to sing to a child.
He continued: “I don’t care what California does on most things. I care here. I am not going to sit on the sidelines in Washington, DC, and tell the pro-life community, ‘Washington is closed for business.’ I do not believe federalism requires me to sit on the sidelines and require a baby at 30 weeks, 28 weeks be dismembered. I will not do that.”
Graham during a CNN interview last month argued that he had been “consistent” on the issues of abortion and marriage equality — which have become prominent subjects in the national political discourse after the Supreme Court earlier this summer voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States and afforded a constitutional right to the procedure.
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