Lindsey Graham, Senate Sponsor of Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks, Will Run For President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2015   |   9:59AM   |   Washington, DC

In 2013, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) received high praise from pro-lifers across the nation after he announced that he would sponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in Congress (H.R. 1797).

Now the Senator says he plans on running for president and will make his official announcement on June 1st. In an interview with CBS This Morning, he explained why he wants to be president of the United States. He said, “I’m running because of what you see on television, I’m running because I think the world is falling apart, I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy. It’s not the fault of others, or their lack of this or that that makes me want to run, it’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work.”

Although there are many pro-life contenders seeking the Republican nomination for president, Sen. Graham has been a voice for the unborn in Congress over the last few years. In his announcement about sponsoring the Pain-Capable bill in 2013, Sen. Graham said, “At twenty weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother. The question for the American people is, ‘Should we be silent when it comes to protecting these unborn children entering the sixth month of pregnancy? Or is it incumbent on us to speak up and act on their behalf? I say we must speak up and act.”

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He added, “Science and technology have advanced tremendously since 1973. We now know that an unborn child at the twentieth week of pregnancy can feel pain. In fact, anesthesia is administered directly to unborn children in second trimester fetal surgery. Given these facts and my continued strong support for life, I believe there is a compelling interest in protecting these unborn children who are among the most vulnerable in our society. I’m confident that over time the American people and their elected representatives will say yes as well. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is the new front in protecting the rights of the unborn. I’m very proud to be leading this charge.”

As LifeNews previously reported, a similar bill to H.R. 1797 passed the U.S. House last week in a 242-184 vote. Currently, 64% of Americans support protecting pain-capable babies, unless the life of the mother is in danger. Unfortunately, late abortion is not “rare” even though some pro-abortion activists try to claim that it is. The Legislative Director for National Right to Life, Douglas Johnson, said, “At least 275 facilities offer abortions past 20 weeks fetal age.”