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GOP Debates Surrounded Abortion Bans In Nebraska And South Carolina

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GOP Debates Surrounded Abortion Bans In Nebraska And South Carolina

(CTN News) – Conservatives who have controlled both legislatures were baffled by the failure of abortion ban in Nebraska and South Carolina to pass in close votes among spirited Republican discussions.

Highlighting the gap between conservatives and other Republicans on the topic of abortion.

Nebraska banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

An attempt to outlaw abortion at around the sixth week of pregnancy in Nebraska, where it is prohibited after 20 weeks of pregnancy, came one vote short of ending a filibuster.

As the final vote was taken, applause broke out outside the legislative chamber, as opponents of the bill waved signs and shouted, “Whose house? “Our home!”

A near-total abortion prohibition in South Carolina was suspended for the remainder of the year by a 22–21 majority of lawmakers.

Sen. Sandy Senn, a Republican, accused Majority Leader Shane Massey of continuously “taking us off a cliff on abortion.”

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U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last summer

The only thing we can do, she continued, “is slap you back with our words when you all, you men in the chamber, metaphorically keep slapping women by bringing up abortion again and again and again.”

The Republican governor of Nebraska, Jim Pillen, supports the measure, but it is unlikely to be implemented this year.

The decision also represented the third time since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer that a nearly total abortion ban has failed in the Republican-led Senate chamber in South Carolina, where abortion is still legal up until 22 weeks of pregnancy.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s state policy director Katie Glenn called the rejection of both proposed abortion bans “disappointing.”

Glenn stated, “It’s a sign that legislation is difficult, and there are many components and sections that all have to come together.

The most ardent backers of the bans have threatened political retaliation.

As they have watched their neighbours enact stricter abortion restrictions, both states have evolved into sort of regional havens since Roe v. Wade.

That observation has been bitterly made by conservative lawmakers in Nebraska, a state that has long been a pioneer in abortion restrictions.

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It became the first state in the country to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in 2010

The fact that the opposition is coming from within the house is what irritates some Republicans the most.

The 80-year-old Republican Sen. Merv Riepe, a former hospital administrator, refused to give the Nebraska bill the necessary 33rd vote, which resulted to its defeat on Thursday.

Riepe was a co-signer of the legislation at first, but she later voiced concerns that a six-week ban might not allow women enough time to detect pregnancy.

Riepe cited the fact that he was elected last year against a Democrat who made abortion rights a key issue in her campaign when his fellow Republicans rejected an amendment he offered to extend the proposed ban to 12 weeks and add an exception for fatal foetal deformities.

Before Roe was overturned, in the May primary election, his margin of victory was 27 percentage points; in the general election, it was only 5 percentage points.

“My rival may have triumphed if she had had more time, money, and name recognition. I now understand how important abortion will be in 2024 because to this,” he added. The future of reproductive rights must be embraced.

A majority of Americans oppose abortion prohibitions, according to data cited by Riepe and numerous Republicans around the nation.

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Only about 1 in 10 midterm voters, including Republicans, according to an AP VoteCast nationwide survey of the 2022 electorate, believe abortion should be “illegal in all cases.”

Most voters agreed that abortion should be permitted in all or most circumstances. Nearly 90% of Democrats and roughly 40% of Republicans fall into this category.

Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to abortion “for any reason” including at 15 weeks into a pregnancy, according to a July Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research poll.

Only 16% of Republicans, however, believe that abortion should be “illegal in all cases.”

However, Republican politicians who defy their party’s position on abortion may become the target of political retaliation. The governor and other Republican lawmakers publicly criticised Riepe in response to the uproar.

His immediate resignation was demanded by pro-life organisations.

Additionally, the Nebraska Republican Party issued a statement threatening to censure Riepe.

The leadership of our party has appropriately taken note of the organisations and people that contributed to the demise of a Core Republican Value.

The statement states that “The Watchfulness in the Citizen” is more important than ever.

When contacted on Friday for comment regarding the backlash, Riepe did not respond.

An anti-abortion group sent figurines of anatomical backbones to certain South Carolina Republican holdouts, pleading with them to “grow a spine” and enact a ban beginning at conception.

Last week, some of these holdouts revealed that they had received the figurines.

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The South Carolina vote occurred with a few days remaining in a session that had just begun after the state’s top court invalidated a 2021 law prohibiting abortions when heart activity is discovered, which occurs about six weeks into pregnancy.

14 states have bans in place on abortion at all stages of pregnancy

Since then, abortion bans have moved in both chambers at varying rates; Massey, the majority leader of the Senate, wanted to end this conflict by taking into consideration the more stringent House bill.

After failing in his last-ditch attempt to end the standoff, Massey became frustrated and issued a warning to the most ardent Republican opponent of the ban.

After the vote, Massey told reporters, “The response to Sen. Senn will be in 2024,” alluding to the election that year.

Abortion at any stage of pregnancy is prohibited in 14 states. There are bans in four additional states that are obstructed from being enforced by the courts.

Most of those restrictions were put in place in anticipation of the Roe decision being overturned, and most of them do not make any exceptions for rape or incest.

A judge in Utah heard Planned Parenthood’s appeal on Friday to postpone the implementation of a state-wide ban on abortion facilities that was scheduled to go into force the following week.

A state law that was approved this year, according to Planned Parenthood, would effectively end access to abortion throughout the state once clinics are no longer able to qualify for the operating licences they have previously relied on.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a ban with few exceptions on Monday in North Dakota: Only the first six weeks of pregnancy are permissible for abortions in rape or incest pregnancies.

Later in pregnancy, abortion is only permitted in certain medical emergencies. The goal of the North Dakota law is to take the place of an earlier prohibition that is not currently in effect while a state court considers its validity.

And on Friday, Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, made a U-turn and approved a relaxation of the state’s strict prohibition on abortion.

That change was made as a result of several prominent Republican lawmakers warning that Tennessee’s so-called trigger law posed serious risks to both doctors and patients and did not clearly define the circumstances under which a doctor may perform abortions.

Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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