Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proposes banning abortion after 15 weeks anywhere in the U.S

Influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban abortion across the United States after 15 weeks of pregnancy, prompting an immediate outcry from Joe Biden’s camp.

Abortion rights have been at the center of political debate since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June to give each state the freedom to ban it on its soil.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of Donald Trump, touted his text on Tuesday, assuring that it offered a “consensus” solution on the issue. By banning abortion after 15 weeks, the United States would be federally consistent with the rest of the world, the South Carolina senator said at a press conference.

He repeatedly pointed to the example of France, where the deadline for voluntary termination of pregnancy is 14 weeks. In general, it’s seen as a good thing to be as reckless as the French,the senator laughed.

The bill, however, would leave in place all the abortion bans adopted by a dozen conservative states since the Supreme Court decision.

Far more moderate than many Republican proposals on the issue, the bill gives conservatives an opportunity to soften their message to American voters, who overwhelmingly support abortion rights, less than two months before the midterm elections.

It immediately caused a stir in the Democratic camp, which is counting on this issue to mobilize its base for this election, which is traditionally perilous for the government in power. The text would deprive women of their rights in all 50 states, denounced the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre.

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Don’t get me wrong: if the Republicans have the chance, they will make sure they pass even more draconian laws than this bill, added the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.