Many Republican lawmakers in the House have remained silent on abortions ever since Alabama passed its tough new law, Politico is reporting.
The Alabama makes performing an abortion a felony. The only exception is when a woman’s health is at serious risk.
Before the law, Republicans had planned to make abortion a key issue in the next election. The GOP had even hoped an anti-abortion message, along with attempts to label Democrats as socialists, could bolster its attempts to regain the majority in the House.
But since the Alabama’s governor signed the bill into law, Republicans have said very little, Politico noted.
The website reported dozens of offices of Republican lawmakers did not respond for comment on the issue. And Politico said Republican House members have been urged by some in leadership positions to stay clear of the political firestorm brought on by the Alabama abortion law and those in other states.
The day after the Alabama law passed, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., looked to separate national Republicans from the law, Politico said.
“It goes further than I believe, yes,” McCarthy said. “I defend my pro-life position for my whole political career.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., whose office was the only one to provide an answer to questions about Alabama, does not support the Alabama law, her spokesperson said.
“Because Alabama’s state law does not provide exemptions for rape and incest, (Brooks) believes it goes too far,” according to the spokesperson.
Activists already are looking to turn the issue against Republicans, Politico noted.
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