Lindsey Graham sets aside 2016 to step up for the unborn

by Jennifer Harper

Source: The Washington Times

He’s off the presidential campaign trail for the time being, and on to a cause that is close to his heart. On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham heads to the U.S. Capitol to formally introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act before the U.S. Senate. He will be joined at a press conference by pro-life leaders who support legislation meant “to protect children after five months,” — more than halfway through pregnancy, when the baby can feel pain. The coalition points out that even fetal surgeons acknowledge this phenomenon by “routinely anesthetizing their small patients before surgery.”

Mr. Graham has already made his case clear.

“There are seven countries who allow on-demand abortions at 20 weeks, and I don’t believe the United States should be in that club,” Mr. Graham noted last month, following passage of the aforementioned bill in the House. “Over time, we’re going to win on this issue just like we did on another pro-life bill I authored, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. I believe we are on the right side of history. I think America is at its best when we are standing up for the least among us.”


One former lawmaker, presidential hopeful and combat veteran is not entirely thrilled by President Obama’s plan to send 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State.

“This is the equivalent to putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. This does not reflect a strategy. It is the reactive facade of doing something. We have 3,000 troops in Iraq. Another 450 does not reflect a reinforcement of success,” says Allen West, now president and CEO of the National Center For Policy Analysis.