On Sept 13, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a measure that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
It's the most significant proposal by Republicans in Congress to curtail the procedure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade three months ago, CNN noted.
"I think the Democrats made a huge mistake in introducing legislation in Washington that would basically allow abortion up to the moment of birth," Graham told CNN. "Now we have an alternative to that."
Senate Republicans were slow to embrace Graham's plan, while Democrats condemned it. "Republicans' national abortion ban will be on the ballot, in every Senate race," said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman. "The GOP has shown, once again, the threat they pose to a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisionsand voters will make their voices heard by standing with Senate Democrats in November." U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) tweeted, "If you still don't believe Republicans want to ban all abortions nationwide, you're not paying attention."
And famous non-politicians have entered the fray as well. For example, legendary journalist Dan Rather tweeted, "Lindsey Graham wants to tell American women what they can do with their bodies. Maybe they will tell him what they think about it at the ballot box."