The New York Times news photo
Gee, for some reason, I don’t think that Lindsey Graham ever will have to worry about getting anyone pregnant… (Graham is shown above at a press conference today at which he rolled out his bill to impose a federal abortion ban that would seriously restrict abortion rights in all 50 states.)
After the Dobbs decision came down from the papist-controlled U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 after the Repugnicans treasonously had stolen at least two seats on the court in order to orchestrate such bullshit, backasswards, theocratic rulings, I’d thought that the Repugnicans would keep their fucking mouths shut on the topic of abortion at least until after the November midterm elections.
But I guess it’s hard for mouth-breathers to keep their mouths shut, because U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina today introduced a bill that would impose a federal 15-week nationwide ban on abortion with limited exceptions.
(Under Graham’s plan, backasswards states with even more draconian abortion restrictions would keep those restrictions, but no state in the U.S. could allow abortion after 15 weeks except with limited exceptions. Roe vs. Wade, which Dobbs destroyed, prohibited the states from prohibiting abortion until after fetal viability; a fetus is not viable until around 24 weeks.)
So much for “states’ rights” and for the Repugnicans having no interest in trying to impose a 50-state ban on abortion. (Lady Lindsey herself, ever fickle, publicly declared just last month that the issue of abortion should be left up to each state.)
Despite the fact that a fetus is not viable until around 24 weeks, Lady Lindsey “argues” that in some other nations, there is a 12- or 14-week abortion ban, and she grandiosely proclaimed, “I picked 15 weeks” because “the science tells us the nerve endings are developed to the point that the unborn child feels pain.” The New York Times, however, wholly unshockingly notes that “There is no scientific consensus on whether or when a fetus can feel pain.” (The links in the quote are the Times’.)
The Times also reports that “There is no chance that Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the [U.S. Senate] majority leader, would allow such a bill to receive a vote in the Senate, where his party has been focused on preserving abortion access after the Supreme Court’s ruling in June ending the constitutional right to abortion.” (Again, the links are the Times’.)
I note that today, fivethirtyeight.com’s least-forgiving elections forecasting model now gives the Democrats a 72 percent chance of retaining their control of the U.S. Senate after the November general elections — the highest chance that I’ve ever seen fivethirtyeight.com give the Dems of keeping the Senate, and I rather obsessively check fivethirtyeight.com’s forecasts every day. These numbers can change, so here is a screen shot from right now:
So I’m at a loss as to what Lady Lindsey’s political “strategy” is here. She’s not up for re-election until 2026, the Democrats are on track to keep control of the U.S. Senate at least through January 2025, and even a Faux “News” poll found last month that 60 percent of Americans oppose Dobbs and think that Roe vs. Wade should have stood. (Only 38 percent in the poll supported Dobbs, and 2 percent somehow were unsure.)
An even more recent poll on abortion by Quinnipiac University found that a combined 66 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while only a combined 29 percent believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases (6 percent somehow were unsure or just would not or did not answer).
So how, exactly, Lady Lindsey is helping the Repugnicans for the midterm elections that will take place in less than two months rather baffles me.
Still, I wholeheartedly recommend to every Repugnican official that he or she (or it) keep talking publicly about the “need” for a nationwide ban on abortion.
P.S. Also, former “President” Pussygrabber baby-boomerishly refusing to relinquish the spotlight after he lost the last presidential election should only help more than harm the Dems in November. Right now, per fivethirtyeight.com, Pussygrabber’s approval rating is only 38.6 percent to President Joe Biden’s 42.6 percent approval rating.
In elections as close as ours have been as of late, that 4-percent difference in the party standard-bearers’ approval ratings could make a difference.
I surmise that with his venom and bile Pussygrabber can fire up his base of mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers — which is, I surmise, no more than around 38 percent of Americans — but that his continued presence on the national stage only reminds the American voters how far the Repugnican Party has fallen into far-right-wing cray-cray and (theo)fascism.