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Politics2020 Democrats warn Alabama portends larger abortion fight

18:25  15 may  2019
18:25  15 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama'

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama' A Democratic Alabama lawmaker called it a sad day for the state after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing abortion, including in cases of rape and incest. "It's a sad day in Alabama; I feel like crying," state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) said Tuesday. "But I'm going to hold back my tears, because what you just said to my little girl is that it's OK for a man to rape you, and you've got to have his baby if you get pregnant. You just said to my little girl ... you don't matter in the state of Alabama.

Democrats say the GOP arguments are inflammatory and inaccurate, but Republicans are already seizing on the issue in their 2020 strategy. So far the tactics aren’t swaying Democrats , who are highly unified around abortion rights and accuse the GOP of spreading inflammatory misinformation.

Democrats and abortion rights groups vowed to fight the bill passed by the Alabama state senate, which criminalizes the procedure for doctors The Alabama abortion ban is not just about outlawing the health care procedure from the moment of conception, endangering doctors, challenging Roe v

2020 Democrats warn Alabama portends larger abortion fight © The Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during a Fox News Channel town hall meeting on May 8, 2019, in Milwaukee.

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates are condemning Alabama's approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, and warning that Republican-controlled legislatures around the country may follow suit.

Legal fights are likely ahead over the Alabama measure, if it becomes law, and abortion restrictions in other conservative states. The Supreme Court, which affirmed women's constitutional right to abortion in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, added two conservative members under President Donald Trump.

On the Alabama measure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted: "This is wrong. This is unconstitutional."

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke said via Twitter, "We will fight these dangerous efforts with everything we've got in legislatures across the country."

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN, "It's certainly the intention of President Trump and the Republican Party to overturn Roe v. Wade."

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020.
President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he was for or against the Alabama law, which forbids the procedure in almost all circumstances, including cases of rape and incest. But a senior administration official said Sunday that the president is troubled by new state laws that seek to imprison doctors who perform abortions.

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