Democratic White House hopefuls condemn state moves to restrict abortion

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Several states have implemented severe restrictions at a time when the US Supreme Court has a conservative majority.

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.

Pro-choice protesters (Mickey Welsh/AP)

On the Alabama measure, Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted: “This is wrong. This is unconstitutional.”

Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke said via Twitter: “We will fight these dangerous efforts with everything we’ve got in legislatures across the country.”

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN: “It’s certainly the intention of President Trump and the Republican Party to overturn Roe v. Wade.”


Lawmaker-Abortion Clinic Confrontation
Anti-abortion protesters (Matt Rourke/AP)

Former vice president Joe Biden, a frontrunner in the early days of the Democratic primary process, also underlined his pro-choice credentials, tweeting: “Republicans in AL (Alabama), FL (Florida), GA (Georgia), and OH (Ohio) are ushering in laws that clearly violate Roe v Wade and they should be declared unconstitutional.

“Roe v Wade is settled law and should not be overturned. This choice should remain between a woman and her doctor.”

Kamala Harris described the ban as outrageous while Elizabeth Warren also intervened to say it was cruel.

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