Sen. Lindsey Graham to Introduce Bill Protecting Babies Past 20 Weeks

Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Majority of Americans Approve of Measure to Limit Late Abortion

Washington, D.C.  – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after he announced that he will introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. The group also urged all senators to support the measure, which would protect babies beginning at 20 weeks, or more than halfway through pregnancy.

“A growing number of states and the U.S. House have now voted to end the barbaric practice of late abortion past the point at which the child can feel pain. We applaud Senator Graham and urge all Senators to join him in cosponsoring this compassionate legislation,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “We ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring this to the Senate floor for a vote immediately. If he and his colleagues stand with the majority of Americans opposed to brutal, late abortion, they should wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity for debate. There is great consensus across the nation on this issue — especially in the aftermath of Kermit Gosnell and the exposure of other abortion clinic horrors like those at Douglas Karpen’s facility in Texas, and ‘meat market’ style abortions at Planned Parenthood in Delaware. It is time that the law reflects our natural recoil from such violence against the innocent.

“Already some Senators – like Kay Hagan of North Carolina – have vowed to oppose this common-ground legislation. This is a mistake and shows just how beholden to the abortion industry some in the Senate have become. As the 2014 elections approach, we will be working to ensure that constituents understand just how far outside the mainstream those who oppose this bill really are.”

Recent national polling by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation and that women support the measure in higher proportions than men.

Previously Senator Reid (D-NV) refused to answer David Gregory’s question as to whether or not it is reasonable to limit late abortions and called it a “fringe issue.” When pressed, Reid said, “I’m happy to take a look at this.” 

The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.




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