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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her weekly news briefing Wednesday, a day after South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill to ban abortions nationally after 15 weeks of gestation.
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Upending the political debate, Graham bill sent shockwaves through both parties and igniting fresh debate on a fraught issue weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.
Pelosi said she believes the Republican push for abortion bans is alienating voters, especially women.
“They know they’re digging a hole,” Pelosi said. “Women are not happy about this.”
Graham’s own Republican party leaders did not immediately embrace his abortion ban bill, which would prohibit the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy with rare exceptions, and has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic-held Congress. Democrats torched it as extreme, an alarming signal of where “MAGA” Republicans are headed if they win control of the House and Senate in November.
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Reaction was swift, fierce and unwavering from Democrats who viewed Graham’s legislation as an extreme example of the far-right’s hold on the GOP, and as a political gift of self-inflicted pain for Republican candidates now having to answer questions about an abortion ban heading toward the midterm elections.
Pelosi said the muted response to the proposal from GOP leaders suggests a conflict within the party while she affirmed that the Democrats are united in support for “women’s right to choose.”
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