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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Tuesday proposed a sweeping federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, reigniting a firestorm of debate on the contentious issue ahead of the midterm elections in November. It’s a political flip-flop: After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade federal protection of abortion in June, Graham said the issue should be left to states.

While observers say there is no way the bill will see the light of day before the election, the proposal has split Republicans, apparently stunning some who have had trouble confronting the thorny issue.  According to this CNN analysis, the fight over abortion now is all over the place.

City Paper Opinion: Give it rest on abortion, guys
“Now that the General Assembly met and came up with different versions of yet another abortion ban that’s not substantively different from the one currently being challenged now in court, state lawmakers need to give us all a break. Let’s hope the S.C. House, now set to meet again on abortion on Sept. 27, will slow things down and wait for a court to decide if a current six-week “fetal heartbeat” ban is constitutional. Unfortunately, we’re not too optimistic about that because anti-abortion zealots, well, have way too much zeal.”

In other headlines:

S.C. House Judiciary chairman says he’s getting help for alcohol abuse. Rep. Chris Murphy, a Dorchester County Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says he’s getting help for alcohol abuse and hopes to return to the chamber in 2023.

Home prices keep rising in Columbia. More homes are hitting the market, but prices keep rising. But Charleston-area home sales sank for the 12th-straight month, 

Next Lowcountry Hipsterville: Restaurants in North Charleston area. The North Charleston area around Reynolds and Rivers avenues is likely to become the area’s new Hipsterville thanks to new restaurant projects.

Charleston school district admits breaking open records law. The district admitted to violating the state’s open records law in July following a letter from state Attorney General Alan Wilson and parent complaints.

Collins to give poetry reading Thursday in Charleston area. Former U.S. Poet Laureate will give a reading Thursday at a North Charleston high school.

DHEC reports 8,443 new Covid cases, 6 deaths. The latest weekly Covid update shows cases are still dropping in South Carolina.

My Sister’s House changes model to help women. My Sister’s House has sold a group shelter for women affected by domestic violence and has opted to house those who need help in other locations.

RiverDogs win first game of baseball championship series. The RiverDogs, egged on by part-owner Bill Murray, beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6-1 in the first game of a best-of-three championship series.

Charleston applies for $10 million flooding grant. The grant would pay for a big drainage project at King and Huger streets.

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