Lindsey Graham: Advocating Partial-Birth Abortion Doesn't Disqualify Lynch as AG

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 28, 2015 | 11:46pm EST

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

( - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch at a confirmation hearing today that the fact that, in support of Planned Parenthood, she had advocated for partial-birth abortion did not "disqualify" her from serving as attorney general of the United States.

"In 2006, you signed an amicus brief supporting Planned Parenthood's opposition to partial-birth abortion ban; is that correct?" said Graham at Lynch's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Yes," said Lynch, "I was one of a number of former Department of Justice officials [who signed it]."

"Although, the amicus brief that we signed was focused on the issue of the facial issues of the law, and how it might impact the perception of law enforcement's discretion and independence," she said.

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"The only reason I mentioned that," said Graham, "is that if there's a Republican president in the future, an attorney general nominee takes an opposite view on an issue like abortion, I hope our friends on the other side will acknowledge it's OK to be an advocate for a cause, as their lawyer. That doesn't disqualify you from serving."

Abortionists perform partial-birth abortions only on late-term babies. When the abortionist does this procedure, he pulls the child feet first down through his or her mother's birth canal. When only the child's head is left in the mother's womb, the abortionist inserts a scissors into the back of the baby's skull. He then evacuates the baby's brain so the head can pass out of the uterus and the now-dead baby can be pulled entirely out of his or her mother.

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