The South Carolina Republican is organizing a group of his colleagues to speak in support of a bill that would federally ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy, legislation that has the support of 41 Senate Republicans and has already passed the House. Graham is centering this legislative push on the May 13 anniversary of Kermit Gosnell’s conviction for killing infants that were born alive.Whatever could be motivating this new push for something that has not a prayer of passing the Senate? It is a mystery.
The GOP members plan to ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow side-by-side votes on the Graham bill and legislation written by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would prohibit states from enacting legislation that places extra requirements on abortion providers.
Graham introduced his abortion legislation in November and after a recent lull, the South Carolina Republican is ramping up activity alongside the Gosnell anniversary and — perhaps coincidentally — his own Senate primary in June, where he is trying to avoid a run-off by accruing 50 percent of the vote.A mystery.