South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham attended the ‘Proudly Pro-Life Dinner’ tonight in Columbia. Graham outlined legislation that he hopes to support in every state possible prior to introducing, ‘The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.’ in the Senate.
Graham said that if Americans want to help support a national ban on abortions, they should encourage the introduction of a similar laws in every state possible. South Carolina Republicans are expected to introduce similar legislation at the state level
This from LifeSite News:
Passing pro-life laws at the state level is important to generate support for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Graham told LifeSiteNews exclusively on Wednesday. The bill, introduced in the House by Congressman Trent Franks, would ban most abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation on the grounds that a baby at that stage of development is capable of feeling pain.
Graham, who is facing a tough primary fight from a conservative challenger, introduced the legislation on November 7, five months after it passed the House. But he has said for months that his bill will not likely pass the Democrat-controlled Senate this year. Instead, he said his goal is to get a vote in the Senate in 2014, in order to build momentum for future Congresses. At a press conference introducing the bill, he compared the effort to that which led to passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in 2003. That law was introduced in Congress 15 years before finally passing.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has 40 Republican cosponsors. No Democrats have signed on yet but, according to spokesperson Kevin Bishop, “Senator Graham is hopeful this bill will be bipartisan.”
“He has always believed protecting the life of an unborn child should not be a partisan issue,” Bishop told LifeSiteNews.com in an e-mail.
When asked by LifeSiteNews.com for his strategy if no Democrats signed on to the bill, Graham said pro-life activists should “have a 2014 strategy” at the state level. Activists “should introduce this legislation in every state possible, because the debate at the state resonates [with the] political context of that state,” he said.
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