Washington – – For the sixth time, Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced a national abortion ban that has nothing to do with protecting women’s health and safety and everything to do with scoring political points—only this time, he made it even more strict.
Earlier versions of his so-called “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” outlawed abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Now, Sen. Graham wants to model the nation’s abortion laws after Florida’s model of an extreme, 15-week abortion ban.
The assertion that a fetus can feel pain before the third trimester has no basis in scientific research, but that doesn’t matter to Sen. Graham and his fellow extremists. They’ve decided that seizing more control over women’s bodily autonomy, and taking away more of our rights, is the way to win elections and consolidate their own power.
They are wrong. NOW members won’t allow this or any other abortion ban to sail through Congress—or in any other legislature. No 6-week bans, no 15-week bans, no total bans—NO BANS!
NOW won’t stop fighting until abortion is legal and women’s health is protected—everywhere, every day.
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at NOW.org.