Did House GOP Leader Just Undermine Alabama's Abortion Law?
.@GOPLeader McCarthy on new Alabama pro-life law: "It goes further than I believe."— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) May 16, 2019
Adds: "I defend my pro-life position for my whole political career, but in my whole political career, I also believed [in exemptions for] rape, incest or life of the mother." pic.twitter.com/cvYPcdJRyU
Alabama's abortion law, which doesn't allow for exceptions in cases of rape or incest, is causing controversy at the highest levels of the Republican Party.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty (R-CA) himself staked out a more moderate position on the state's near-total ban, saying it "goes too far" at a press conference last week. (Conservative Review)
“First of all, I believe the most precious gift God gives us is life,” McCarthy elaborated. “And I defend my pro-life position for my whole political career, but in my whole political career, I also believed in [exemptions for] rape, incest, or life of the mother.”
“That’s exactly what Republicans have voted on in this House; that’s what our platform says,” McCarthy continued. “And I believe that’s the point of what you find, many of us, of where we stand.”
Alabama’s new law makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion unless it is to save the life of the mother, punishable by 99 years in prison. It doesn’t contain exemptions, however, for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
McCarthy isn't alone. Saturday night, President Trump sent out Tweets clarifying his position on abortion and calling for party unity to effectively combat the left.
As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions - Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother - the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
....Federal Judges (many more to come), two great new Supreme Court Justices, the Mexico City Policy, and a whole new & positive attitude about the Right to Life. The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
....for Life in 2020. If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019