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REMINDER: Nikki Haley Banned Abortion Last Time She Was in Power

Apr 25, 2023

As Nikki Haley heads to the headquarters of a group dedicated to passing a national abortion ban today, a look back at her record gives a clear preview of the extreme anti-choice record she would enact as president. As governor of South Carolina, Haley signed an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest that threatened to throw doctors in jail. And as support for signing a national abortion ban becomes a litmus test for the 2024 Republican field, Haley called the overturn of Roe v Wade “victory,” and has left the door open to support a national abortion ban once there is “consensus.”

Haley is set to make her speech at Susan B. Anthony Pro Life America’s headquarters, the same organization that is calling on every Republican candidate running for president to back a national abortion ban.  

New York Times: “We will oppose any presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America.

As governor of South Carolina, Haley signed an extreme abortion ban that made no exceptions for rape or incest and threatened doctors with jail time for providing care for their patients.

TIME: “The law passed the General Assembly last week and blocks women from having abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law could face a fine or jail time.”

Newsweek: “Haley described herself as ‘very pro-life; and has spent most of her political career fighting for anti-abortion legislation, including signing a law as South Carolina governor in 2016 banning the procedure in most circumstances…”

Haley’s MAGA agenda as governor was the blueprint for Republicans in South Carolina’s state legislature, which is debating a near total abortion ban this week.

State News: “This week, the Senate will debate a near-total abortion ban passed by the House earlier this year…”

After Roe v. Wade was overturned, Haley celebrated and called on Republicans to pass abortion bans nationwide.

Haley: “It’s a victory for the most basic right there is – the right to life. Now starts the movement to ensure the people and their elected representatives have the power to support every mother and protect every child across the country.”

Haley has said she is open to a national abortion ban, which has become a litmus test for the field of MAGA 2024 hopefuls.  

TODAY: The former governor added she thinks Americans need to come to a consensus on abortion.

“We need consensus on this because I want to save as many babies as possible and I want to support as many moms as possible,” Haley said. “Is that consensus 15 weeks? Is it ten weeks? Is it six weeks? I don’t know what that is, but we need to figure this out for the good of these babies and for the good of the moms.”

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