2016 GOP field backs abortion ban

Republican politicians rumored to be considering White House bids are throwing their weight behind a proposal to ban abortion at 20 weeks.

Almost every member of a possible GOP presidential field agrees with the proposal from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses MORE (R-S.C.) and has communicated support in anti-abortion circles.


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and sitting Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report Support for Abbott plunging in Texas: poll White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE (Texas) have written letters of support, according to a recent report by the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Other potential GOP candidates have also backed the measure, leaving only a few exceptions.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (Ohio) is a co-sponsor of Graham's Senate bill, for example. House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (Wis.) voted for the House version of the measure. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) approved a statewide 20-week ban this summer.

Only two prominent Republicans thought to be weighing presidential runs have not taken a position: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Abortion opponent groups, together with Graham, are hoping to make the 20-week ban a litmus test for 2016.

"I don't want anybody carrying the Republican banner that doesn't get this," Graham told the Christian Broadcasting Network. "If you don't get this, then you're the extremist."

Supporters of the ban say it's necessary to protect fetuses from pain, a premise medical experts dispute. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes the measure, along with abortion-rights groups.

"The reality is that abortion later in pregnancy is very rare and often happens under heartbreaking and tragic circumstances — the kind of situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available," said Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards earlier this year.

Graham's bill only allows exceptions in some cases of rape and incest and when the pregnant woman's life is in danger.