On Thursday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion at 20 weeks, a companion to a measure that passed the House of Representatives this June and an echo of laws that have already passed in more than a dozen conservative states. Anti-abortion activists have been looking for a sponsor the legislation since it passed the lower chamber, and Graham has pro-life bona fides tracing back to his
Thursday night, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decreed that one of the most consequential measures in Texas’s notorious anti-abortion bill can take immediate effect, reversing a district court ruling that the provision was likely unconstitutional.
The new documentary After Tiller, about the only four doctors in America who still openly provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of George Tiller’s murder in 2009, emphasizes that its subjects are living under siege. LeRoy Carhart recounts the night anti-abortion activists set fire to the stable he runs with his wife and daughter, burning 21 of their horses to death. Susan Robinson, standing in her sunlit kitchen, remembers that a federal marshal once tried to comfort her by pronouncing her house “a hard shot even with a sniper rifle.”