Alabama’s new abortion ban is getting pushback from Republican lawmakers who believe that the law’s lack of an exception for victims of rape or incest goes too far.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that he defends his pro-life position but believes exceptions are necessary.
“It goes further than I believe,” he said. “[…] In my whole political career, I also believed in rape, incest, or life of the mother as exceptions.”
When asked if the bill should be overturned in court, McCarthy was less direct and pointed out that Alabama state legislators admitted the bill was written to challenge Roe. v Wade.
“I’m looking forward to that,” he said.
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"It goes further than I believe, yes," Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says when asked if the Alabama abortion law goes too far.
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The new law, signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, would effectively ban all abortions in the state at any point in a pregnancy. It would also make performing an abortion a felony, with offenders facing up to 99 years in prison. The only exception would be if a mother’s life is in danger.
“That legislation is so extreme that I can’t imagine that the courts would sustain it,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Thursday, according to NBC News. “I’m not going to try to predict court cases, but I cannot imagine that that law won’t be overturned.”
Collins is one of the few Republican senators who leans on the side of pro-abortion rights. Democrats hoped this belief would have her vote against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice last year. But the Maine senator approved of Kavanaugh and was convinced Roe v. Wade wouldn’t be overturned by the now-conservative-leaning court.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another GOP lawmaker known for pro-abortion rights views, doubled down on the lack of exceptions in the law.
“I think you know where I come from on that,” she told reporters. “I believe that there need to be exceptions.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel agreed.
“Personally, I would have the exceptions,” McDaniel said on CNN on Friday. “That’s my personal belief.”