When pressed on abortion rights during a tense CNN interview on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed his host and resorted to often-used Republican attacks on the media.
Appearing on State of the UnionGraham was asked by host Dana Bash about his friend Donald Trump’s stance that abortion access is a state issue after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade– a position inconsistent with Graham’s desire for a federal abortion ban after 15 weeks.
“It’s a human rights issue,” Graham said, comparing the Democratic Party’s stance to countries like North Korea and China. “What the Democratic Party is proposing on abortion is barbaric. Abortion up to the moment of birth, funded by taxpayers, I think is barbaric. I welcome this debate. I think the Republican Party will be in good standing to oppose late abortion like most civilized countries.
However, Graham’s characterization of the Democratic position was misleading: many Democratic-run states still impose limits on abortion, including New York and California, once the pregnancy reaches the point of viability, usually considered 24 weeks and over. Roe vs. Wade also allowed abortions up to the point of viability, a fact Bash reminded the senator of.
Graham didn’t take it well.
Lindsey Graham’s abortion ban bill is bad policy and stupid policy
“No, stop covering for these guys,” the senator shouted. “No, no, no, you are media, you keep covering these guys. They introduce legislation that allows taxpayer-funded abortion on demand when you contribute for the taxpayer at birth low. That was their position in Washington. This is the law they want to pass and no one in your company will talk about it. It’s barbaric.
Graham was apparently referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill introduced by Senate Democrats to remove restrictions on abortion access. The bill failed in the Senate twice last year, but was reintroduced last month.
Although the bill does not limit abortions after viability, it is extremely rare for such procedures to occur in the third trimester. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that only 1.1% of abortions occur after 21 weeks of pregnancy, with most abortions occurring less than six weeks into pregnancy.
Bash pushed back against Graham’s bogus claim, noting that she has grilled Democrats on their positions on abortion in the past.
Remember when Lindsey Graham said abortion should be left to the United States?
“Senator, I don’t cover anybody, you know, and when I have Democrats – and I’ve had Democrats – I’ve asked many, all of them what their position is on where, where they think this issue should be. be,” Bash said. “My question for you, sir, is about President Trump, who you support to be president again – is he correct that this issue should be a matter of states?”
Graham balked, saying any Republican “who has a chance of snowballing in hell” should oppose late-term abortions. “I’m confident, over time, that’s where our candidate will be,” he said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who appeared after Graham, was asked if she believes abortions should be legal up to the point of birth. She said that was not her position and lambasted Graham.
“I think Senator Graham knows where the Americans are on this,” she said. “They’re with Democratic leaders, and the people of this country believe that women in this country should be able to make their own decisions about their health care and not politicians, and they don’t want Ted Cruz in the room. waiting.”
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