Headline RoundupSeptember 13th, 2022

Lindsey Graham Proposes National 15-Week Abortion Ban

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bill Tuesday to establish a national ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The ban makes exceptions for situations involving rape, incest or risks to the life and physical health of the mother. In announcing the bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Graham said it would "get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world."

In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Graham's bill "wildly out of step with what Americans believe." The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate filibuster, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said after Graham's announcement that most Republican senators "prefer this be handled at the state level." Meanwhile, polls suggest that a majority of Americans support making abortion illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Many reports from left-rated sources, such as Politico, CNN (Left bias) and NBC News (Lean Left), said Graham's proposal created rifts within the Republican party and focused on Senate Republicans who criticized it. Conversely, one report from the Daily Caller said that "Federally-elected Republicans have started to coalesce around a national 15 week abortion limit" and linked to a different article about House Republicans supporting the ban. A headline from Townhall (Right bias) said Graham's proposal aims to "protect pain-capable unborn children from abortion."

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