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Biden White House Takes the Bait on Lindsey Graham’s Abortion Bill
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Sen. Lindsey Graham holds news conference on his bill to outlaw abortion after 15 weeks’ gestation on Sept. 13, 2022 (YouTube/PBS NewsHour)

“We will introduce legislation … to get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Tuesday, introducing a bill that would ban abortion across the country after 15 weeks. The bill includes exceptions for rape, incest, and risks to the life of the mother.

As long as the Democrats hold the Senate, the bill, of course, will go nowhere. It appears that Graham has simply proposed it as preelection jujitsu, designed to expose the extremism of Democrats on the issue. If that is his goal, he has already achieved it. The White House took his bait, denouncing the bill’s minor limitation on abortion in splenetic terms. “This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, President Joe Biden’s press secretary. “The President and Vice President are fighting for progress, while Republicans are fighting to take us back.”

Wildly out of step? This statement ignores that a majority of Americans feel far more ambivalent about abortion than anyone in the Biden administration. Only 19 percent of Americans support abortion in all cases and at all times — the maximalist position that Biden holds. (READ MORE from George Neumayr: Biden Faces Setback in Forcing Religious Doctors to Perform Abortions and Transgender Surgeries)

 The Pew Research Center reports:

As in the past, more Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances (61%) than illegal in all or most circumstances (37%). But in many ways, the public’s attitudes are contingent upon such circumstances as when an abortion takes place during a woman’s pregnancy, whether the pregnancy endangers a woman’s life and whether a baby would have severe health problems.

It continues:

[L]arge numbers of Americans favor certain restrictions on access to abortions. For example, seven-in-ten say doctors should be required to notify a parent or legal guardian of minors seeking abortions. And most of those who say abortion should be legal in some cases and illegal in others say that how long a woman has been pregnant should be a factor in determining whether abortion is legal or illegal (56% among all U.S. adults).

Cocky Democrats continue to act as if the Dobbs decision only poses a political problem for the Republican Party. In recent days, they have been confidently claiming that the decision will undoubtedly redound to their benefit in the fall elections. That the decision has highlighted their own extremism on abortion never seems to occur to them. It is their fanaticism on the issue — evident in their overreaction to Graham’s slapdash bill and their policing of anyone in the party who isn’t maximally pro-abortion — that is sure to cost them politically over time.

George Neumayr
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George Neumayr, a senior editor at The American Spectator, is author most recently of The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist, or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist?
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