Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he does not support Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposal for a federal abortion ban. 15 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Anchor Jake Tapper asked, “Your fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill that would ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks. Do you support the bill? »
Rounds said: “No, I think at this time we should allow states to explore the different possibilities as appropriate. Here in South Dakota we have one, which I actually signed into law when I was governor in 2005, 2006. I think individual states will come up with a multiple, a bunch of different ideas on how to appropriately discuss abortion in general. Then, I think there will be a consensus over a period of several years. At this point, having Congress back down and telling all the states that we know better than them how to handle this is probably not the right direction to go.
“Actually, we looked before the last decision. We watched as a group of us tried to ban abortion for the past 20 weeks,” he continued. “We didn’t succeed at that time. I don’t think a proposal today would be accepted in the House and the Senate. I think a better approach is probably going to be for states to work through that and find the appropriate language state by state and find that common ground. After that, maybe Congress will intervene again. At this point, I think the states are in a better position to explore and find the right direction state by state. »
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