Not All Republicans Are Thrilled by Total Abortion Bans

The nation as a whole took a gasp of shock as Alabama did what many previously thought was unthinkable: passed a total ban on abortion from the moment of conception, with no exceptions other than for immediate risk of death or a fetus that has a lethal anomaly.

While many on the right had been pushing for decades on abortion bans, the severity of the final bill took even a number of leaders on the right by surprise — and now they’re wondering if maybe the Alabama legislature went too far.

Ironically enough, the first person to be extremely vocal about the new abortion law  — which is not in effect and will not be until November, and even so will likely will be challenged in the courts — was far-right fringe icon Rev. Pat Robertson of The 700 Club. Despite spending decades as a leader of the religious right, Robertson immediately condemned the action as going too far.

NBCi News reports:

Evangelist Pat Robertson is among those who think it’s a mistake, calling the Alabama law too ‘extreme’ and not the best vehicle for overturning the precedent set by the Supreme Court in 1973. “I think Alabama has gone too far. There’s no exception for rape or incest. It’s an extreme or all that they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade. But my humble view is that this isn’t the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose.”

It used to be that anti-abortion activists frowned on bringing extremely restrictive bills to the Supreme Court, as they worried that a blatantly unconstitutional bill might reaffirm Roe v. Wade and make it even stronger. But that worry mostly disappeared once Justice Neil Gorsuch, and then Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined the bench, lobbing the body far to the right.

Still, even the more politically savvy GOP politicos worry that this is too much too fast. WTVM.com explains:

Ronna Romney McDaniel spoke with CNN Friday morning where she called abortion a very personal issue, but added that she believes the state’s law should have included an exception for rape and incest. Such exceptions were stripped from the bill amid chaos before it passed the Alabama Senate. McDaniel’s belief there should be exceptions in the law follows similar beliefs by the top U.S. House Republican, Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

The RNC chairwoman isn’t the only Romney to oppose the bill, either. Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a devote Mormon, also isn’t happy with Alabama’s move to completely ban the procedure.

According to CNN:

Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday he does not support the recently passed Alabama law that would ban abortions with few exceptions, going further than legislation in any other state. “I don’t support the Alabama law,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Many point to Romney as a more moderate Republican, but even the president himself has opposed the bill as too restrictive — despite the fact that he has become the darling of the “right to life” movement since his surprise White House win.

“As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan,” President Donald Trump opined in a early Sunday morning tweet.

However, he followed up his criticism by reminding his voting pool that unless they all stay united, they would suffer massive losses come the 2020 election. “We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020. If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!”

The president’s criticism — and his worries — aren’t unfounded. Gallup polling consistently shows that the idea of banning all abortion with no exceptions is a radically unpopular stance – and one that at best gains the support of 20 percent of the U.S. The GOP will need far more voters than that to have any semblance of power after the next election.

Hopefully, this ban will show clearly just how far out of the mainstream the Republican party truly is.

Photo Credit: Robin Marty/Flickr

40 comments

Martha P
Maria P14 days ago

tyfs

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson17 days ago

How many yrs in jail do Anti-choicers get if the Woman/little girl dies while giving forced birth? 700 to 830 deaths occur every day from childbirth. Even among Women who do not lose their lives during childbirth, studies say the process leads to life changing, but non-lethal injuries in as many as 40% of cases. This is the price Women pay for Childbirth-- Giving birth is a Risky business and many things can and do go wrong along the way, right up until birth. --Just wait, it will happen to you or a loved one. As usual hypocrisy will reign, as it does when a woman who has just had an abortion, picks up a sign and starts picketing against it.

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Monica C
Monica Collier18 days ago

Banning the right to have an abortion is a slap in the face of all women. Shame on you Alabama!

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill21 days ago

tyfs

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Lesa D
Lesa DiIorio21 days ago

& yet they remain silent...

thank you Robin...

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Ruth S
Ruth S22 days ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth S22 days ago

Thanks.

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Winn A
Winn A22 days ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A22 days ago

The republicans don't want to anger All women because there is always the next election to think about.

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Mark Spiegel
Mark Spiegel22 days ago

Make no mistake. The only reason some Republicans are urging caution in the efforts to roll back the right to choose for women has nothing to do with ethics or morality. They are just worried how such actions will play in the 2020 elections.

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