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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Senator Graham Prepares to Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban

Lindsey GrahamThe Hill: Graham readies 20-week abortion ban, by Mario Trujillo:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday he is proud to lead the charge in the Senate to ban abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy.

Graham is expected to introduce a bill this week. He dismissed the assertion he is leading the effort to shore up his conservative base ahead of the 2014 election. . . .

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"When do you become you: At 20 weeks of a pregnancy?" Senator Graham asks.  He then trots out the scientifically dubious claim that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.  "That is what a rational humane society would do — protect a child who can feel pain from an abortion," Graham declares. But for Graham there's a big "unless":  "unless there is the life of the mother, rape or incest involved."  The fetus that is the product or rape or incest can't feel pain?  Or is less of a "child?"

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