Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) weighed in on more states adopting stricter pro-life legislation, proclaiming that the states taking those measures were doing so in response to “extreme” abortion policies in states like New York and Virginia.
While giving an interview on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, Hawley, who serves on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, gave his thoughts on the states taking more restrictive stances on abortion after the state Senate in his home state passed a bill outlawing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.
Hawley told host Steve Doocy that the new policies in states like Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama were the states’ “direct response” to the “extremism” regarding abortion laws in Democrat-controlled states like Virginia and New York.
“It’s a direct response, Steve, to the extremism we’ve seen in places like New York and Virginia where you have Democrat politicians who are saying that passing laws that would allow a baby to be born and then killed after birth.”
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“It’s just incredible the extremism that we’re seeing,” Hawley continued. “And I think you’re seeing these states responding.”
The Missouri senator was then pressed by Doocy on whether the subject of abortion should be left up to the state. Hawley agreed with Doocy, saying that he believed that the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided” and that the issue of abortion “was up for the people to decide.”
He went on to say:
“Now, I expect the Supreme Court will, ultimately, have to weigh in. But I’ve been proud to support legislation in the United States Senate that would stop this kind of extremism in places like New York and Virginia and other places where Democrat politicians are actually advocating abortion in the final weeks of pregnancy.”
“These are policies, Steve, that only a few countries in the world like Iran, like China, allow,” he added. “We’ve got to stop this kind of extremism.”
As IJR News previously reported, the Missouri state Senate passed a bill Thursday morning banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy except in cases of medical emergencies. The vote comes soon after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed into law legislation outlawing nearly all abortions in the state.