In case you missed it… Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy all distanced themselves over the weekend from dangerous, unconstitutional abortion bans allowing no exceptions for rape or incest, but in Ohio Mike DeWine signed such a bill into law with Jon Husted’s support, and Dave Yost vowed to defend it.
“Some national Republicans are running away from these laws as quickly as they can, having figured out that Americans abhor the idea of forcing victims of rape and incest to carry resulting pregnancies to term,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Sadly, Mike DeWine, Jon Husted and Dave Yost don’t appear to see the harm of these outright bans, and in further traumatizing victims who have already suffered so much.
“These laws are not ‘bold,’ as Dave Yost says, they are dangerous for women and far out of the mainstream.
“A woman should have the ability to make her own personal decision about whether or not to become a parent, and no politician should interfere in that decision. This six-week ban is a disgrace, the others in the pipeline are a disgrace, and they all endanger women’s lives in Ohio.”
Yost went so far as to say that “evolution of the law requires bold steps,” and perplexingly claimed “the point of viability has changed,” a contention that doesn’t match with scientific consensus that age of viability comes between 24 and 28 weeks, not within the five to six week time frame of Ohio’s abortion ban.
From the Washington Post
- President Trump has joined a chorus of Republicans distancing themselves from new state laws banning the vast majority of abortions, though he emphasized what he called a “strongly pro-life” stance he has held throughout his time in the White House.
- Without referring specifically to an Alabama law enacted last week that makes performing abortions a felony unless a pregnancy seriously risks a woman’s health, Trump reiterated his position that abortion should be legal following rape or incest.
- By injecting himself into the debate over a new crop of strict antiabortion statutes, in Alabama and several other states, the president heightened the divisions emerging with the Republican Party over how far abortion opponents should go.
- The sudden spate of state laws — and Trump’s weekend reaction — has ratcheted up the prominence of the issue of reproductive rights in the 2020 presidential campaign.
- The most recent poll on the issue by the Kaiser Family Foundation, conducted in late April, found that two-thirds of the public wants Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, to remain in place. Slightly more than half of Republicans disagree.
- Trump tweeted his view two days after Congress’s top two Republicans also distanced themselves from the Alabama law, even though they oppose abortion. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the new law “goes further than I believe,” while a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he has long supported exceptions in instances of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is endangered by pregnancy.
The Washington Post: “Trump, Republicans distance themselves from Alabama abortion law”