Fox News’ Shannon Bream Presses Lindsey Graham to ‘Explain the Pivot’ on His Proposed Nationwide Abortion Ban

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream pressed Senator Lindsey Graham on his proposed abortion bill that would ban 15-week abortions nationally, noting his “pivot” from leaving abortion restrictions up to states.

Bream showed a clip on “Fox News Sunday” of the Republican senator from South Carolina in June when he said that abortion should be a matter of states’ rights.

“Here’s what President Biden said: ‘When a lawmaker goes from touting states’ rights to touting a nationwide ban, it becomes clear that they’re not concerned with the Constitution,'” she said. “You’ve got to explain the pivot.”

Graham pushed back on Bream’s accusation of flip-flopping, saying, “I’m not inconsistent,” and noting that he proposed a bill in 2020 that banned abortion at 20 weeks.

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“To suggest that I’m new to the game opposing late term abortion is ridiculous,” he insisted, hesitating to address his shift from defending abortion as a matter for states to a nationwide constitutional matter.

Graham’s comments follow his call for a nationwide abortion ban, which would also allow states to pass more restrictive laws, and signified a switch after Roe v. Wade’s reversal sent the decision to states.

His proposed bill stunned his colleagues, as one unnamed source told Politico that “Graham’s stunt is a godsend and helps us remind voters Republicans want to ban abortion everywhere.” Bream noted the pushback that insisted the decision would impact the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“I’m pro-life, even in an election year,” the Senator responded, adding, “To those who suggest that being pro-life is losing politics, I reject that.”

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In June, before the Supreme Court overturned Roe, Graham said, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that creates a right to abortion as a constitutional principle.”

“If you know anything about me, Shannon, for 20 years, I have been supporting federal legislation banning late-term abortion,” Graham responded, pointing to the ruling from Dobbs v. Jackson that says “elected officials can make the decision, state or federal.”

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