RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says she personally opposes portions of Alabama’s abortion lawMay 17, 2019
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is the latest Republican to say that Alabama’s new abortion law — one of the strictest in the nation — goes too far.
McDaniel said during an interview on CNN on Friday that she would have made exceptions for rape or incest in the law, but noted that there’s a “broad spectrum” of views on abortion within her party, which she described as “the party of life,” but one for which there is no litmus test for membership..
“Listen, personally, I would have the exceptions. That’s my personal belief,” she said. “But we are party that is a broad tent. If you agree with us 80% of the time, I want you to be a Republican.”
The Alabama measure, which is the most recent to be signed into law, will ban abortions in almost all cases except where a woman’s health is in danger. A similarly restrictive bill was passed by Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature Friday. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it.
Neither of the bills makes exceptions for rape or incest.
In addition, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio this year have all passed laws banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur before many women know they’re pregnant.
McDaniel is not the only Republican to believe that the Alabama law has gone too far.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Thursday that the state’s law “goes further than I believe.”
“I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that’s what I’ve voted on,” he said.
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren also came out against the Alabama law, saying it’s “too restrictive.”
“It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!” she tweeted.
Lahren, 26, has previously expressed that she is in favor of abortion rights.
“Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” Lahren said during a 2017 interview on “The View.”
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