White House Calls Graham’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Bill ‘Wildly Out of Step with the Majority of Americans’

Melanie Arter | September 13, 2022 | 5:51pm EDT
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday introduced the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act,” a bill that would ban abortion at 15 weeks, when an unborn baby can feel pain.

The senator noted that “the current standard of medical care calls for unborn babies to receive pain medication during fetal surgery at 15 weeks gestation. Life-saving surgeries performed in utero, using pain medication, include treatment for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and spina bifida.”


“Working closely with the preeminent pro-life groups in the country, we are today introducing legislation to ban abortion at a time when unborn children can feel pain,” Graham said in a statement.

“Our legislation, which bans abortion after 15 weeks gestation, will put the United States abortion policy in line with other developed nations such as France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, and other European nations,” he wrote.

The White House panned the bill, calling it “wildly out of step with the majority of Americans.”

“Today, Senator Graham introduced a national ban on abortion which would strip away women’s rights in all 50 states. This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Tuesday.

While President Biden and Vice President Harris are focused on the historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, health care, and energy – and to take unprecedented action to address climate change – Republicans in Congress are focused on taking rights away from millions of women. The President and Vice President are fighting for progress, while Republicans are fighting to take us back.
 
President Biden and Congressional Democrats are committed to restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade in the face of continued radical steps by elected Republicans to put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives.

When asked whether the White House is open to speaking to Graham about a compromise, considering that many polls show that there is support for a 15- or 20-week ban even among people that support abortion, the press secretary said it’s not in line with the majority of Americans.

“So two things I want to say there. The first thing is the senator’s proposal would keep in place the most extreme, the most extreme state level abortion bans that ban all abortions and have no exceptions for health, rape or incest,” Jean-Pierre said.

“That’s just what his bill would do, and it also provides no exceptions for women who may need access to abortion for their health. That’s what his bill does. It is an extreme piece of legislation, and it is in line from what we are seeing from Republicans on these extreme agendas. That is not in line, that is not in line with majority of Americans,” she said.

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