Graham's anti-abortion bill would require rape, incest victims to report to law enforcement before getting abortion

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Despite the threat of two marginally high-profile primary opponents and plummeting approval ratings, Lindsey Graham is all but guaranteed to win re-election in 2014.

Not only does he have substantially more money in his campaign war chest than his opponents — a yahoo who thinks South Carolina should print its own currency and the former owner of the most notorious tabloid political site in the state — Lindsey Graham is still the candidate of the SCGOP establishment.

He's a classic old-school statesman who knows that legislating is about compromise and that running the government is actually about running the government, not dismantling it, as today's current crop of Jim DeMint-backed Republicans are wont to believe. 

And while there are plenty of Tea Party types who criticize Graham's support of immigration reform, his opposition to Ted Cruz's donkey show fillibluster, and his general disdain for the Confederate cretins and secession nuts who comprise the SCGOP fringe, South Carolinians have never been known to turn against an incumbent senator (See Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings). Once you get in that club, you're in it until you retire — or in DeMint's case quit for a higher paying job because your colleagues can't stand to be around you any longer.

But every once in a while, Graham gets worried that he won't be re-elected — this time, it's the temporarily low approval ratings —  and so he does something douchey that he thinks will play well with the Lost Cause and Tea Minority crowd, who, truth be told, only really hate him because they think he might be gay. Seriously, it's that simple.

So we get what happened today. Graham is now the chief sponsor of an bill  banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Lindsey the politician says the bill will pass constitutional muster, but it's obvious that Lindsey the lawyer doesn't believe that since he admits the law will surely be tested by the courts, and a half-century of case law, and he damn well knows the outcome of all that.

But even though Graham is doing this solely to score points with the Rabid Right back home — the fools who voted for Newt Gingrich in the First in the South primary in 2012 because he called Obama a "food stamp president" and a "Kenyan anti-colonialist" — the law is pretty insidious, and not just for the obvious reason.

What's particularly nasty about the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is that while it would allow victims of rape and incest to get abortions after 20 weeks, they would only be able to do so after first reporting their assaults to law enforcement. 

Yes, you read that correctly. Lindsey Graham's anti-abortion bill would force rape and incest victims to march down to the local police precinct and spill their guts to a police officer. Let that sink in for a bit.

OK. A little bit longer.

And a little bit longer.

And a little more.

Now, think of the victim's trauma. Think about the shame. Think about the fear. And imagine for just a second the reluctance that some women might have to go to police and have their story put on record. Once the victim speaks to the police, and the report is filed, the state can pursue charges even if it's against the will of the victim.

For many women in these situations — and by no means all or most — they probably just want to put this horrible tragedy behind them and move on. And they should be able to do so without recounting the details of their assault to a complete stranger. To suggest they will have to in the future in order to get a currently legal abortion is simply heartless.

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