WASHINGTON ― Republicans on Tuesday launched laws to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of a being pregnant, their subsequent play on the hot-button situation after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade and overturned federal abortion rights.

Democrats have been warning voters that Republicans will attempt to ban abortion throughout the nation in the event that they win again management of Congress in November, and Tuesday’s announcement will doubtless change into a significant speaking level for the social gathering with Election Day lower than two months away.

The GOP bill known as the “Defending Ache-Succesful Unborn Youngsters from Late-Time period Abortions Act.” It’s being launched by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

Graham has launched a model of the invoice in each Congress over the previous decade, solely with an extended 20-week restrict. The invoice accommodates exceptions for rape, incest and circumstances the place the lifetime of the mom is threatened.

A traditional being pregnant is 40 weeks. Fifteen weeks is barely into the second trimester, regardless of the invoice’s framing as a “late-term” restriction on abortion.

The measure has no likelihood of passing in a Democratic-controlled Senate and with a Democrat within the White Home, but it surely does sign the place Republicans would possibly go in the event that they regain management of each branches of presidency.

“Abortion will not be banned in America,” Graham stated Tuesday. “It’s left as much as elected officers to outline the difficulty. You’ve gotten states and the power to do it on the state degree. And now we have the power in Washington to talk on this situation if we select. I’ve chosen to talk.”

Most abortions at the moment are unlawful or closely restricted in no less than 12 states, with extra states anticipated to observe. Some have banned abortion outright, whereas others have restricted abortions to 6 weeks or 15 weeks. Graham’s invoice would enable states to maintain extra restrictive legal guidelines on the books.

After the Supreme Court docket revoked a constitutional proper to abortion in June, many Republicans sought to downplay the matter by insisting they merely believed the difficulty ought to be left as much as the states. Graham was considered one of them.

“At the moment’s resolution by the Supreme Court docket is an extended overdue constitutional correction permitting for elected officers within the states to resolve problems with life,” Graham tweeted after the Supreme Court docket ruling on abortion.

In August, Graham stated the problems of same-sex marriage and abortion ought to each be left as much as the states.

“I’ve been constant. I believe states ought to resolve … the difficulty of abortion,” Graham stated in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Democrats this week accused Graham, and different Republicans who echoed the states’ rights claims following the Supreme Court docket resolution on abortion, of mendacity.

“For the laborious proper, this has by no means been about states’ rights,” Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated in a flooring speech on Tuesday. “This has at all times been about making abortion unlawful.”

President Joe Biden additionally warned of the implications if Republicans retake management of Congress. The GOP is favored to win the Home in November’s midterm elections, they usually stand likelihood of retaking the Senate, too.

“If we lose this off-year election, you’re going to have an effort to codify the Supreme Court docket resolution” on proscribing abortion, Biden stated at a fundraiser in Boston on Monday.

“In the event that they do this, so long as I’m president, I might veto that,” Biden stated. “However we wish to codify Roe. That’s a huge situation.”

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