The end of Roe v. Wade transformed the legal and political landscape in 2020. Up until this past weekend, however, many Republicans seeking federal office largely punted on ramifications in their own election, instead voicing an intention to leave the matter to states.
But Sen. Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican, changed that when he filed a national ban on abortions 15 weeks into pregnancy, with exceptions for rape and for incest involving minors. This moved the issue from hypothetical to hyper-realistic, especially if Republicans retake majorities in the House and Senate.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the most prominent member
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