Alabama’s new pro-life abortion law — the strictest ban on abortion in the U.S. — has Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel sharing her stance, as she revealed she’d make exceptions to it.
The bill, Human Life Protection Act, signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday, sparked controversy over the state’s law forbidding nearly all abortions, including rape and incest, as IJR News reported.
During Friday’s interview with CNN, the RNC chairwoman showed disagreement with Alabama’s new law but reiterated the conservative view is pro-life.
“Personally, I would have the exceptions,” McDaniel said. “That’s my personal belief.”
“But we are a party that is a broad tent. If you agree with us 80% of the time, I want you to be a Republican. We don’t have a litmus test as to whether you can belong to our party, but we are the party of life.”
Section 3 of the bill notes that abortions can only be carried out to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother” and any licensed physician carrying out the task will not be “criminally or civilly liable for those actions,” according to Section 5.
However, under this law, all other abortions will result in punishment of up to 99 years in prison for those who perform them.
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As IJR Blue pointed out, McDaniel wasn’t the only Republican who came out against the abortion law, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) thinks it “goes further than I believe,” adding that exceptions should include “rape, incest, or life of the mother.”
“That legislation is so extreme that I can’t imagine that the courts would sustain it,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said. “I’m not going to try to predict court cases, but I cannot imagine that that law won’t be overturned.”
Following its passage, the Alabama governor said: “this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”