U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Tuesday proposed a sweeping federal ban on abortionsafter 15 weeks of pregnancy, reigniting a firestorm of debate on the contentious issue ahead of the midterm elections in November. It’s a political flip-flop: After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade federal protection of abortion in June, Graham said the issue should be left to states.

While observers say there is no way the bill will see the light of day before the election, the proposal has split Republicans, apparently stunning some who have had trouble confronting the thorny issue. According to this CNN analysis, the fight over abortion now is all over the place.

City Paper Opinion: Give it rest on abortion, guys
“Now that the General Assembly met and came up with different versions of yet another abortion ban that’s not substantively different from the one currently being challenged now in court, state lawmakers need to give us all a break. Let’s hope the S.C. House, now set to meet again on abortion on Sept. 27, will slow things down and wait for a court to decide if a current six-week “fetal heartbeat” ban is constitutional. Unfortunately, we’re not too optimistic about that because anti-abortion zealots, well, have way too much zeal.”In other headlines:

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