September 16, 2022
Sen. Lindsey Graham has introduced the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” which would limit abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill includes exceptions for rape and incest, offers protections for the woman’s life, and prohibits the prosecution of those seeking abortions. By any objective historical standard, it’s a moderate bill. And yes, it’s also just a political stunt meant to highlight the Democrats’ intractable position on the issue. Good.
Forget 15-week restrictions, Democrats have opposed 20-week heartbeat bills in the Senate on three occasions. The left doesn’t support a single restriction on terminating a pregnancy—not at the detection of a heartbeat, not at viability, and sometimes, not even after birth.
There are likely around 10,000 viable or nearly viable unborn aborted every year and probably around 50,000 after 15 weeks. And those abortions are not predominately about health. As the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute once found (it avoids the topic nowadays), a majority of women who seek these abortions “do not do so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.
Not that the American left has shown any inclination to limit or even discourage the termination of the viable unborn for convenience’s sake. The modern left isn’t pro-choice anymore. It’s pro-abortion. Make them own it.