Roe inversion splits GOP 2024 field

Although Pence did not advocate for Congress to enact a federal ban on abortion, his “every state in the country” language gave Democrats an opportunity to argue that the GOP wants to completely eradicate human rights. ‘abortion. Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly did precisely that, accusing Republicans of “plotting a nationwide ban on abortion.”

Other Republicans weighing the 2024 deals, including former president himself Donald Trump, have avoided rhetoric that could be construed as proposing a nationwide ban on abortion. Privately, according to the New York Times, Trump simmered ahead of Friday’s decision that overturned deer would hurt Republicans among suburban women midterm.

Publicly, he congratulated himself for having fulfilled one of his initial vows to the conservative movement had he been elected in 2016.

“Today’s decision, which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, as well as other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised. , including the nomination and confirmation of three highly respected and strong constitutional scholars to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said in a statement. “It was my great honor to do so! not give in to the radical left Democrats, their partners in the Fake News Media, or the RINOs who are also the real, but silent, enemy of the people.

Other potential GOP 2024 hopefuls framed the decision as an opportunity for states to work their will on a matter of deep morality. However, their comments on Friday lacked any reference to Trump or his work in appointing conservative judges.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who would be an early candidate in a Republican presidential primary, has not publicly stated whether he wants to further restrict abortion access, but supports enforcing existing restrictions. of the State, which he enacted this spring. Some state GOP leaders have already expressed interest in moving beyond Florida’s new 15-week law.

“Florida will continue to defend its recently passed pro-life reforms against state legal challenges, work to expand pro-life protections, and defend life by promoting adoption, foster care, and child welfare,” DeSantis said in a statement.

Sen. Josh Haley (R-Mo.), said he thinks it would only be appropriate to consider federal legislation “where there is a national consensus,” citing broad opposition to third-trimester abortions, for example.

“I would like to see a day when there will be no more abortions in America except to preserve the life of the mother, rape and incest, but that will, I think, be the matter in the first place. voters in the United States,” Hawley said in a Friday call with reporters.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Who also identifies as anti-abortion, has sought to strike a relatively moderate tone on the issue in recent months — doing so not just as a potential presidential candidate, but as someone charged to ensure that Republicans win enough Senate seats this November to regain a majority. The Republican National Senate Committee chairman played down the idea of ​​a nationwide abortion ban, saying he thinks most people support “reasonable” abortion restrictions and exceptions.

In his statement Friday, the former Florida governor praised the Supreme Court’s decision, which he said “upheld human dignity and the fundamental principle of federalism.”

Although he endorsed the 15-week abortion ban, his statement on Friday did not propose other sweeping bans. Instead, he has expressed interest in passing legislation to reduce the burden of carrying a pregnancy to term.

“Legislators and the pro-life movement have a responsibility to make adoption more accessible and affordable, and to do everything in our power to meet the needs of struggling women and their families so they can choose life,” Scott said in his statement.

It’s an emerging theme within the Republican Party, and championed by other potential GOP presidential candidates, as state-level party leaders increasingly restrict women’s access to power. abortion — the policy decisions most Republicans in Washington applaud.

“We also have to be very serious about putting in place as Conservatives … economic policy that allows families to support themselves in this country,” Hawley said, adding that he also supports “reform adoption laws.

Senior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubiosaid he would lead the charge in Congress to allocate more government resources to low-income pregnant women.

“But we must not only continue to take action to protect unborn children, we must also do more to support mothers and their babies,” Rubio said. “I will soon be introducing legislation to ensure that we do everything we can to give every child the opportunity to fully access America’s promise.”

That legislation, Rubio said last month, could include expanding the child tax credit for working families, allowing new parents to tap into their Social Security savings and increasing SNAP funding for mothers. low income.

Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, said the decision “puts the debate where it belongs – at the state level, closer to the people.” Haley also teased a platform that would provide extra support for pregnant women.

“I hope there will be a renewed commitment from elected lawmakers to support and protect mothers and their unborn babies,” Haley said.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican whose decisive victory in the state’s November election heralded a midterm year of potential GOP upheaval in traditionally blue states, has not publicly ruled out a run for president. presidency. Following news of the ruling on Friday, Youngkin announced he was pursuing legislation banning abortions after 15 weeks, leaving exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the woman.

But in an interview shortly after the news broke, Youngkin was careful to say he wanted bipartisan buy-in to a new abortion law, suggesting a 20-week compromise might be more palatable. for some and telling the Washington Post that he was in office to “represent all Virginians.

“There is a place where we can meet,” Youngkin said, signaling that he was open to compromise on the issue.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dismissed the idea that Friday’s ruling — which allows abortion bans in more than a dozen states to take effect — was the end of abortion access.

“And while the left maniacally argues that the Dobbs decision makes abortion illegal nationwide, that’s wrong,” Cruz said in a statement. “What this decision does is leave abortion policy to the states and return the power to the American people – this is exactly how abortion issues were handled before Roe.”

Blue State Republican governors who teased the presidential election remained silent after the decision. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland did not immediately issue a statement, while Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire issued a brief remark: “Regardless of this Supreme Court decision, access to these services will continue to remain safe. , accessible and legal in Hampshire.

Last year, Sununu enacted a law banning abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Marianne LeVine and Gary Fineout contributed to this report.

Denise W. Whigham