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Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a nationwide abortion ban, making it crystal clear: A Congress with a Republican majority is a Congress hellbent on banning abortion in all 50 states. Right now, 16 states have abortion bans in effect and out-of-touch state politicians across the country are rushing to ban abortion for even more Americans. One in three American women now live in states where they no longer have control over their bodies. 

Statement from Jenny Lawson, executive director, Planned Parenthood Votes: 

“Anti-abortion rights politicians aren’t hiding the ball: They want to ban abortion nationwide. This once-hypothetical nightmare is now here. Who we elect this November will determine our right to an abortion and whether Congress can pass a nationwide abortion ban. Let’s be clear: With candidates like Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, Ted Budd, Blake Masters, Herschel Walker, Adam Laxalt, Mehmet Oz and other anti-abortion politicians in the Senate, they will pass a national abortion ban. They only need one more vote in the Senate to control the majority and bring this bill to the floor. No amount of website scrubbing can hide their dangerous and out-of-touch agenda. They must be held to account.”

GOP senators and senatorial candidates are lockstep with the decades-long extremist anti-abortion agenda, and they remain dead-set on blocking Americans’ personal health care decisions:  

  • Mehmet Oz (PA): Oz is against federal legislation to protect abortion rights nationwide: “I’m glad to see the Senate defeat this legislation (the Women’s Health Protection Act). As PA's next Senator, I will always fight to protect the innocent and defend the dignity of life.” He also said “abortion is “still murder” at any stage of pregnancy.
  • Adam Laxalt (NV): Laxalt’s disdain for abortion rights is obvious. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, Laxalt was  at a fundraiser and called the landmark 1973 ruling a “joke” and called overturning Roe a “historic victory.”  
  • Herschel Walker (GA): Walker is in favor of a national abortion ban, telling reporters: “there’s not a national ban on abortion right now and that’s a problem.” 
  • Blake Masters (AZ): Masters has called for a “federal personhood law,” banning abortion nationwide, before he then scrubbed that language from his website. 
  • Ted Budd (NC): Budd has declared he is “100% pro-life” and believes life begins at conception. He has also stated that he opposes exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the patient. 
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (WI): Sen. Johnson suggested a Republican-controlled Congress could impose a national abortion ban in the future, telling reporters, “Maybe Congress can take a look at what the states have done and say ‘we probably ought to place this limit here,’ based on new information or whatever.”

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