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January 22, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Richard Cash criticizes Lindsey Graham on anniversary of Supreme Court abortion ruling

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Richard Cash, one of four announced primary challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, criticized the Seneca Republican in front of the his Greenville and Columbia offices, on Wednesday -- the 41st anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-abortion laws.

"Roe v. Wade has created a scourge upon this land and is something that needs to overturned," Cash said, criticizing Graham's support of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees and promising that he would only vote for nominees who would vote to overturn the 1973 abortion ruling.

Watch the video of Cash's Columbia stop here:

Cash dismissed Graham's role as sponsor of a bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks, and said the first bill he would sponsor would be "Personhood" legislation, declaring that a person's constitutional protections begin at the time of conception.

"Just as we receive constitutional protections for our life, so should each human being created in the image of God from the time of conception to natural death," Cash said.

Graham's spokesman Tate Zeigler, said in a statement: "Lindsey Graham is a strong pro-life leader with the record to back it up. He has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life and has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Citizens for Life. He was one of the original authors of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and co-sponsored the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, which were both signed into law by President Bush. He is currently the lead sponsor in the Senate for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 5 months – more than halfway through a mother’s pregnancy.”

Cash said that Graham and the National Right to Life do not go far enough in their efforts to thwart abortion.

That group and Graham, he said, think that overturning Roe v. Wade and banning all abortion is "a bridge too far" and impossible to achieve.

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