During the third Republican debate last night, the Republican candidates said they were pro-life but differed over the best approach to save babies from abortions.
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she couldn’t support a federal bill protecting babies just because there is no chance it will emerge from the Senate, where Democrats would kill it with a filibuster.
“We’re better off when we can promote a culture of life. At the same time, I understand that some of these states are doing it a little bit different. Texas is not going to do it the same as New Hampshire. Iowa is not necessarily going to do the same as Virginia. So you got to work from the bottom up. You got to do a better job on these referenda. I think of all the stuff that’s happened to the pro-life cause, they have been caught flat footed on these referenda.”
But South Carolina Senator Tim Scott said pro-life Republicans should press forward anyway to make a statement and build future support,
“Well, I’m 100% pro-life. I have a 100% pro-life voting record. I would certainly, as president of the United States, have a 15-week national limit. I would not allow states like California, Illinois or New York to have abortion up until the date of birth… We need a 15-week federal limit… I would challenge both Nikki and Ron to join me at a 15-week limit. It is in our nation’s best interest.”
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But former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he thinks abortion should be a state issue.
“This is an issue that should be decided in each state. And I trust the people of this country, state by state, to make the call for themselves. Now it’s going to lead to a lot of divergence. In Oklahoma, you can’t get an abortion unless the life of the mother is at risk. In my home state of New Jersey, it goes up to nine months you’re getting an abortion. I find that morally reprehensible, but that is what the people of our state have voted for.”
During the debate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would build a culture of life expanding on the heartbeat law he signed to protect babies from abortions in Florida.
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