Potential Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham spoke at the Family Research Council’s “ProLifeCon” and urged conservatives to help him find a “way out of this definitional problem with rape,” Right Wing Watch’s Miranda Blue reports.
Sen. Graham admitted that those who oppose all exceptions to abortion — including Pope Francis — are “intellectually consistent and honest,” because “the baby is the baby,” but argued that banning access to abortions for rape victims is a political non-starter.
“Some of us who have these exceptions do so in a democratic society believing that there are some places we will not go,” he said.
“But don’t let that become the issue,” he implored the crowd. “That is a disagreement that overshadows, at times, the commonality” of those who oppose legalized abortion.
“I hope and pray,” Graham continued, “that we can find a way to overcome the current conflict about definitions. If we do not — shame on us all because this is a debate worth having. We will win, if we can focus on the baby at 20 weeks.”
“I’m going to do more than bring my bill up — I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.”
“The rape exception will be part of the bill — that’s the Hyde position — we just need to find a way to get ourselves into a spot where we’re debating what a ‘legitimate rape‘ is,” he said, referencing the unfortunate phrasing of the former GOP Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin.
Late last year, Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin also used that phrasing after he filed a bill that would outlaw abortions in all cases but those of “legitimate rape.”
Graham does not believe this to be an effective rhetorical strategy. “We’re not here to talk about ‘legitimate rape,'” he said. “We’re here to talk about saving babies at 20 weeks.”
Watch Graham speak about “the current conflict over definitions” below via Right Wing Watch.
WATCH: Town hall crowd explodes into applause as New Jersey lawmaker announces he will vote for Trump impeachment
On Sunday morning CNN aired a clip of Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) announcing before a town hall crowd on Saturday that he will vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump -- causing some of the audience members to explode into applause over his decision.
In the clip, the lawmaker explains, "Based on the evidence I have seen in the depositions, the hearings and the documents I've seen, I believe on the two counts of impeachment that the vote that has been put before us, that the vote should be yes, and I will be voting yes."
With that, the crowd burst into cheers with some leaping from their seats.
WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report
Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."