Did House GOP Leader Just Undermine Alabama's Abortion Law?

  • 05/20/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Did House GOP Leader Just Undermine Alabama's Abortion Law?
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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.
 Source: AAN
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