Lindsey Graham Clashes With Trump Over New Abortion Stance

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly expressed his disagreement with former President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw his support for a national 15-week abortion ban.

Graham believes that leaving this matter solely to the states goes against the prevailing American consensus, which aims to restrict late-term abortions.

“I respectfully disagree with President Trump’s statement that abortion is a states’ rights issue,” Graham said.

Trump had decided to backtrack on his previous support for a 15-week or 16-week national abortion ban.

This decision comes after facing resistance from prominent Republicans, who expressed concerns that such a ban would bring the contentious issue of abortion rights to the forefront of the 2024 campaign, potentially jeopardizing their chances of regaining control of the White House and the Senate majority.

He restated his claim that the majority of European countries have established time limits for abortions, typically ranging from 12 to 15 weeks.

Graham previously stated his intention to reintroduce his legislation for a nationwide 15-week abortion ban before the general election.

However, he indicated on Monday that he might change his approach and prioritize legislation requiring the use of anesthesia on fetuses aborted after 15 weeks.

Earlier this year, Trump expressed his support for a 16-week abortion ban, which would include exceptions for cases of rape or incest, as well as to protect the life of the mother. This stance was shared with his advisers and allies.

A significant number of House Republicans have thrown their support behind a nationwide abortion ban, which was introduced as part of the budget proposal revealed last month by the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus within the House Republican Conference.

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