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As 2020 Abortion Battle Escalates, Trump Doubles Down on Abortion Exceptions

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said last week that the statute "goes further than I believe" with its lack of exemptions for rape and incest, and very few Republicans on Capitol Hill have been eager to weigh in with support of the law.

The bill out of Alabama - which restricts abortion nearly to the point of a total ban, even for cases of incest and rape - has faced massive bipartisan scrutiny for the last few days.

Romney said he doesn't support Alabama's abortion law - the country's strictest - that forbids abortions in almost all cases, including rape and incest.

Alabama's law takes the heartbeat bill a step further, effectively outlawing any abortion unless in cases of medical emergency.

Trump tweeted his view two days after Congress's top two Republicans also distanced themselves from the Alabama law, even though they oppose abortion.

Trump went on to say his position was the same one taken by former President Ronald Reagan, still a bastion of Republican values 30 years after leaving office.

Conservative activists hope to get a Supreme Court decision against the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v Wade that said unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional.

Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian and abortion opponent, avoided taking sides when he was asked about the Alabama law during an appearance in Wisconsin last week.

His selections of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court tilted the political makeup of the nation's high court to the right, and emboldened conservatives who believe the time is ripe for a court case to challenge Roe v. Wade.

"We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020", Trump tweeted. Doctors who perform abortions would be considered felons and could serve up to 99 years in prison.

"I don't see the point of highlighting the color of the skin of senators or people. doesn't matter!" complained a follower. That can happen as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. "This is Trump's anti-choice movement. and it's terrifying, particularly for women of color and low income women, who are most affected by these bans". The goal of uniting all pro-lifers to focus on the abortion lobby's latest extremism is fine, but signaling allegiance to the naysayers doesn't accomplish that; it just needlessly antagonizes some of your most ardent allies. With her signature, Gov. Ivey has given her blessing to state law enforcement to insert itself into one of the most personal and private decisions a woman and her family can make.

It's a battle they vow to continue and one that Democratic presidential candidates welcome. "We're going to return to where women will do abortions to themselves", 81-year-old Maralyn Mosley told the Montgomery Advertiser.

Mr Trump claims Democrats support abortion on demand, including ending pregnancies late in the term. "Because, I don't know if y'all heard, but women are the same as humans".