Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill that would ban abortion at 15 weeks, saying he would rather the issue be left to the states.
The Senate Minority Leader was asked about Mr Graham’s proposed ban on Tuesday at the Senate Republicans’ weekly press conference after their political luncheon.
“I think most of my conference members prefer this to be dealt with at the state level,” Mr. McConnell said.
Mr Graham introduced his bill on Tuesday as he was surrounded by anti-abortion groups, saying ‘we should have a law at the federal level’, despite previously saying abortion should be left to the states.
“If we take back the House and the Senate, I can assure you that we will have a vote,” Mr Graham said. “If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if we’ll ever have a vote.”
Republicans have come under fire for their stance on abortion since the Supreme Court ruling Dobbs vs. Jackson decision overturned Roe vs. Wade end of June. Republicans are hoping to add at least one Senate seat to their conference to win back a majority.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was quick to condemn Mr Graham’s legislation.
“And let me add this: Republicans are turning into pretzels trying to explain why they want national abortion bans when they said they would let the states decide,” Schumer said. in a speech on Tuesday.
White House press secretary Karine Jeane-Pierre also condemned the legislation.
“President Biden and congressional Democrats have pledged to restore the protections of Roe vs. Wade in the face of sweeping and continued moves by elected Republicans to put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening the health and lives of women,” she said. in a press release.
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