GOP senator says he won’t back Graham’s proposed national abortion ban

Another Republican senator says he won’t support the bill Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) introduced that would ban most abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said abortion policy should be left up to states during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “At this point, to have

Congress step back and to tell all of the states that we know better than them how to handle this is probably not the right direction to go,” Rounds said, adding: “I think the

states are in a better shape to explore and to find the right direction on a state-by-state basis.” The senator, who as South Dakota’s governor signed a bill in 2006 that

sought to ban most abortions there, is the latest in a growing list of Republicans to have voiced opposition to Graham’s bill. That bill, introduced Sept. 13, would allow some

states’ stricter abortion laws to remain, but impose new restrictions on other states. Though the GOP has traditionally championed limiting the procedure, the party is

split on whether Congress should impose abortion rules on states. Previous attempts to do so have been unsuccessful, and Rounds said Graham’s latest bill is unlikely to pass the

House and Senate. Neither senators’ office responded to a request for comment from The Washington Post late Sunday. Republicans in muddle on abortion as ban proposed

by Graham exposes rifts The overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this year made it so that states set their own abortion policies — and that’s how it should remain, Rounds said.