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Biden says even Catholics don’t support Lindsay Graham’s proposed nationwide abortion ban

Joe Biden has said the Catholic Church will not agree with the nationwide abortion ban proposed by Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

“Think what these guys are talking about,” the president said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York earlier this week, as the abortion issue is expected to motivate voters ahead of the midterm elections. -mandate in November.

“No exceptions, rape, incest, no exceptions, regardless of age,” Biden added, according toThe Washington Post. “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic. My church doesn’t even make that argument now.

By “those guys,” Mr. Biden appeared to be referring to Republican lawmakers, including Mr. Graham, who earlier this month introduced a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy in the United States.

But, contrary to Mr Biden’s comments, Mr Graham said exceptions could be allowed “in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother”.

The Catholic Church’s policy on abortion is that life begins at conception and the procedure should be prohibited. But surgery to save a mother’s life is allowed even in cases where it means the fetus will not live.

While Pope Francis has said abortion is “murder,” he has also told U.S. bishops not to get involved in politics.

“Abortion is not illegal in the United States. It is up to elected officials in the United States to define the problem,” Graham said last week. “States have the ability to [so] at the state level, and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we wish. I chose to speak.

Last month, Mr Graham told the press that ‘states should decide on abortion’, but he has now changed tack, saying abortion ‘is not a matter of states’ rights “.

The South Carolina Republican spoke to Fox News on Thursday to say, “We are a national party. Here is my position at the border. Here is my position on the crime. Here is my position on inflation. … We owe it to the American people to tell them who we are, and this is who we are as a national party.”

“They try to marginalize me. Now I’m a pro-life guy, always have been,” he added. “I guess here’s what I’m saying to the pro-life movement – Defend the baby sensibly, they need you now.”

Other GOP members have strengthened anti-abortion laws with no exceptions at the state level.

In July, the nonprofit Poynter Institute said that 15 of 22 states with new or upcoming laws restricting access to reproductive health care do not allow exceptions for incest or sexual assault. rape.

Mr. Biden is only the second Catholic president in US history, the first being John F Kennedy. Mr Biden’s public stances on abortion have changed over the years, but he now openly supports abortion rights and some US bishops have refused to offer him communion and also appeared skeptical of his faith.

Mr Biden said last year the pope had told him he was a ‘good Catholic’ and although Francis said Mr Biden’s opinion was inconsistent, he also said he would leave that to Mr. Biden’s “conscience”, according to The post office.

Mr. Graham’s proposal has essentially no ability to pass through Congress as long as it is controlled by Democrats.

Mr Biden said Mr Graham and those who support similar measures want to “ensure that deer gone forever and Dobbs becomes national law.

That was the decision in the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who knocked down Deer.

“Well, the good news is, for me, anyway, I’m going to be here at least for another two years. … I’m going to veto it. It’s not going to happen,” Biden said, provoking applause in the room, The Washington Post reported.

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