‘It’s never been about states’ rights’: Lindsey Graham’s abortion ban blasted as ‘out of touch’

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WASHINGTON — Republicans spent the summer arguing that the states should have full control over whether they will allow abortion within their borders. That position changed this month when Congress returned from the August Recess and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a nationwide ban that would force the restrictions on all states.

In one case, a decision was made by the voters of Kansas in a ballot initiative that would have allowed the legislature to move forward with a ban on abortion. Kansas voters rejected it.

Speaking to reporters after a floor speech, Graham told Raw Story that a fetus feels pain and thus an abortion should be illegal. Advocates argue that it isn’t the role of the state to regulate the medical decisions of citizens. Research that a fetus feels pain is unproven, despite anti-choice activists claiming otherwise.

“These statements, and others like them, are problematic because of their definitive nature. Scientific research on pain in the fetus is extremely complicated, primarily because pain is a subjective experience and a fetus cannot indicate if something hurts,” FactCheck.org explained. The research Republicans use isn’t based on experiments done on a fetus to observe reactions or expressions, it’s simply using existing data on the stages of the brain and nervous system development.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) called out Graham for the GOP rapidly changing their position on choice. All of the states that are passing constitutional protections for abortion would go “out the window” she said with Graham’s bill. Meanwhile, the extreme state bills that have passed would be allowed to stand.

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