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McConnell cool on Graham's nationwide 15-week abortion ban

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right, during a media availability after their policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

Kentucky’s senior senator is distancing himself from a colleague’s push for a 15-week abortion ban that would cover the entire country.

Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is making it clear that South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham’s proposed nationwide 15-week abortion ban is not a priority at the leadership level.

Asked about the proposal, McConnell deferred to Graham and put some distance between party leadership and the idea.

"I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at the state level."
Sen. Mitch McConnell

While the minority leader’s comments are more consistent with Republican party statements following the Dobbs decision overturning Roe V. Wade, Graham said the nationwide abortion ban has the backing of some major groups that oppose abortion rights, including the National Right to Life Committee and March for Life.

For now, McConnell says it will be will be up to GOP senate candidates to decide where they stand on the issue.

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