Lindsey Graham and the emerging effort to redefine ‘late-term’ abortion

Lindsey Graham And The Emerging Effort To Redefine ‘Late-Term’ Abortion - T Db1F87E5B15145918Efb18390F207535 Name Graham


An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Sen. Steve Daines as a member of the House of Representatives. This version has been corrected.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) newly proposed, nationwide 15-week abortion ban doesn’t appear to be going anywhere right now. Not given that Republicans — including Graham — recently defended the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade by espousing the value of letting states set their own policies. And not given that Republican leaders already had plenty of reason to worry about the electoral fallout of that decision.

But Graham’s bill is crystallizing one political dynamic: It represents the latest salvo in a growing effort to redefine what constitutes a “late-term” abortion.

Graham avoids explicitly claiming that anything post-15 weeks is definitionally “late-term,” but has certainly gestured in that direction.

The bill is titled the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions…

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