By Theodore Shoebat
Numerous Republican politicians are now going against the Alabama abortion bill, saying that it has gone too far. As we read in a report from Reuters:
Several Republicans in the U.S. Congress are criticizing a new Alabama law that will ban nearly all abortions in the state as too extreme, saying exceptions should be made for rape and incest and questioning whether it will hold up in court.
Alabama’s governor on Wednesday signed the bill to ban abortions, except when a mother’s life is in jeopardy, in the latest challenge by conservatives to the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that established a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.
Asked about the new law at a Thursday news conference in Washington, House of Representatives Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said that while he opposes abortion, Alabama’s law “goes further than I believe.”
“In my whole political career, I also believed in rape, incest or the life of the mother, there was exceptions,” he said, adding that that is the Republican Party’s official position and “where many of us stand.”
Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican viewed as vulnerable as she seeks re-election next year, told reporters Alabama’s law is “terrible” and “very extreme.” She said she did not think the Supreme Court would uphold it.
Alabama’s law is the most restrictive in the nation, and abortion rights activists have said they will sue to block its enforcement.
Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who faces one of the most competitive 2020 re-election races in North Carolina and has supported abortion restrictions, said “of course there needs to be” exceptions.
“I haven’t read the bill to know whether or not that was in there, but when we approached pro-life measures at the (North Carolina) statehouse, we did it in a way that was respectful,” Tillis told reporters of his time as a state lawmaker.
This is what I see happening in the future. Every Republican politician running for office (including Trump), is going to be asked what they think about this bill, putting pressure on them to denounce it or say that it is too much. Some number of Republican politicians will denounce the bill or say that it needs reformation, thus squashing the whole goal of effectively outlawing abortion. These politicians will also say that while they are against abortion they are there to defend “the Constitution”. This bill is going to be used as a propaganda weapon to pressure Republicans to denounce it and then step away from the discourse on outlawing abortion, thus pressuring them away from the decision between the pursuit of banning abortion or accepting it with concessions. This is, at least one thing, that I see happening.
I hope I am wrong.