White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre outright lied Thursday about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s abortion bill.
What did KJP say?
During an interview on “The View,” Jean-Pierre addressed the issue of abortion and specifically Graham’s bill, which he announced last week.
According to Jean-Pierre, the South Carolina Republican’s legislation is inherently dangerous for American democracy because it strips women of autonomy and “completely” outlaws abortion nationwide.
“One thing I really want to call out: We have Lindsey Graham and other leaders of the Republican Party who are saying — they’re being very clear about this, folks, we’ve got to listen to them — that they want a national ban on abortion,” Jean-Pierre claimed.
“And it’s not gonna matter if you’re in a red state or a blue state — that means it will be completely banned. That is their message,” she continued. “That’s what they’re doing here and we have to remember that we can’t allow that to take us back. We cannot be moving backwards.”
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But is that true?
Graham’s bill — the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act — does not, contrary to Jean-Pierre’s claim, completely outlaw abortion nationwide.
Instead, the bill seeks to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the physical life of the mother, which are the least common reasons that women seek abortions.
Despite Jean-Pierre’s claim, public sentiment actually backs Graham’s moderate push. The historic trend of abortion polling shows that only one-third or less of Americans believe abortion should be legal under all circumstances. That means a majority of Americans favor restrictions on abortion, such as limiting it to the first trimester, or outlawing it.
After spreading a dishonest claim about Graham’s bill, Jean-Pierre claimed Republicans will not stop at abortion, but they will fight to roll back marriage rights, contraceptive rights, and privacy rights.
Republicans are not advocating for anything Jean-Pierre claimed. However, some conservative have questioned the legal standing on which some of those rights were constructed with regard to Supreme Court cases, just as jurists questioned the jurisprudence on which Roe v. Wade was decided.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden also addressed Graham’s proposal this week — and he, too, lied.
“Think about what these guys are talking about,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. “No exceptions — rape, incest — no exceptions, regardless of age.”
If that were not bad enough, Biden also claimed, “My church doesn’t even make that argument now.” That, too, is not true. Biden is a Catholic, and the Catholic Church considers abortion a grave sin.