Lindsey Graham: "Nothing bad is going to happen" if we ban abortion at 20 weeks

The senator from South Carolina would like you to stop asking questions and just trust him already

By Katie McDonough

Published November 7, 2013 9:07PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Jason Reed)
(Reuters/Jason Reed)

Relax, people. Sen. Lindsey Graham would like everyone to stop worry about his proposed 20-week abortion ban. You know, the legislation that is based on medically refuted pseudoscience about fetal pain at 20 weeks, and ignores the many reasons that women need abortion care at and after 20 weeks, including severe fetal anomalies.

Graham wants you to know that "nothing bad is going to happen" if the measure passes. You know, bad stuff like the flagrant violation of Roe v. Wade and the continuous, dangerous creep towards an outright ban on abortion during all stages of pregnancy with zero regard for women's health or bodily autonomy. Those bad things? Totally not going to happen. So just calm down and listen to him, already!

More from the Huffington Post:

Graham said that while reproductive rights advocates claim the bill will have a negative effect on women's health, he thinks it would only result in more people being alive.

"Nothing bad is going to happen," Graham said. "Good things will happen. Babies will be born that wouldn't have made it otherwise, and only God knows who they will grow up to be."

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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