After spending years claiming that abortion rights should be left to the states to decide, Senator Lindsey Graham blew that argument out of the water on Tuesday by introducing a national abortion ban.

In the wake of the Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade via a ludicrous decision written by right-wing Justice Samuel Alito, Republicans in states across the country began enacting strict anti-abortion laws that have left many women fighting for their lives as they deal with unviable fetuses and miscarriages that doctors can’t immediately treat.

Senator Mitch McConnell even declared that Republicans would seek to pass a national abortion ban if they were to take over Congress after the midterm election in November. But Graham isn’t even going to wait that long because he introduced such a ban on Tuesday.

The draconian bill would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Republicans falsely contend that fetuses can feel pain at 15 weeks, but that’s simply not true because fetal brain development is not advanced enough to feel pain until at least the third trimester.

Graham is positively giddy about ban abortion nationwide, whether states like it or not.

“I look forward to the debate, I look forward to the vote,” Graham said. “If we take back the House and Senate, I can assure you we’ll have a vote on our bill. If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if they’ll ever have a vote on our bill.”

Here’s the video via Twitter:

There you have it. Senate Republicans absolutely intend to ban abortion and strip women of their civil rights nationwide if they take back the majority in Congress. This was never about states’ rights. It’s about the GOP obsession with controlling and oppressing women.

This bill could not come at a worse moment for many Republicans. Their efforts to erode abortion rights have caused a shift in favor of Democrats in many House and Senate races, with some Republicans even going so far as to scrub their campaign sites to remove their positions on abortion. Kansas voters recently shocked the country by rejecting an initiative that would have allowed the state legislature to outlaw abortion.

Americans now have proof that Republicans want to force abortion bans upon the entire country, not just states in which they have the majority. They should vote accordingly.

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