The 15-week federal abortion ban proposed by Graham’s ‘Really Extreme Stuff’

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Tuesday that Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) legislation that would institute a federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy was “one thing really extreme.”

McCaskill said, “I think what he thought he was doing was kind of shifting the debate to trying to make Democrats look extreme.”

She continued: “Republicans in the caucus are very unhappy with him. They want this topic gone. They don’t want it to be high. So what is he doing? Not only does he introduce a bill, but he says in it that everything these states have done, like mine, forcing doctors to choose between prison and the health of their patients, forcing children who have been victims of someone’s uncle or boyfriend and been raped, that they are forced to carry that child to term. All this must remain. This bill allows all the really extreme stuff to stay in place. It simply forces more liberal states that still respect women’s rights to meet this federal standard.

McCaskill added: “He thought he could kind of mix it all up and make it all about late-term abortions. No, women are smarter than that. I would just say, and I think it’s really important for us to say this over and over again, that we can say this is a significant issue, but the only way to make it a significant issue is to find five people tomorrow who are not registered to vote and have them registered.

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