On the first weekend after the Supreme Court overturned practically 5 many years of constitutional abortion rights, Democrats seized on the ruling to painting their Republican opponents as threats to girls and their well being care suppliers, whereas two sitting G.O.P. governors welcomed the choice, as they tried to emphasise that the matter is a neighborhood situation with extra “debate” available.
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia who’s in a rematch with the Republican incumbent she narrowly lost to 4 years in the past, advised CNN’s “State of the Union,” that the public ought to “take into very real consideration the danger Brian Kemp poses to the life and welfare of women in this state.”
Ms. Abrams additionally advised CNN that Mr. Kemp “intends to adds incest and rape as prohibitions.”
Tate Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Mr. Kemp, mentioned in an announcement that Ms. Abrams “is lying” and that Mr. Kemp supported the state’s legislation that features exemptions for rape, incest, lifetime of the mom, and ectopic pregnancies.
Ms. Abrams additionally appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” and mentioned, “We cannot cherry-pick when we pay attention to the lives and safety of women.”
After noting Mr. Kemp refused to increase Medicaid in Georgia, Ms. Abrams mentioned, “He has refused to support women at every stage of their lives when they are trying to make the best choices for themselves and their families.”
The CNN anchor Jake Tapper mentioned Mr. Kemp had been invited to seem on the present. Ms. Mitchell mentioned Mr. Kemp was unable to seem as a result of he was at the Georgia Municipal Association convention in Savannah.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democrat of Michigan, advised CBS’s “Face the Nation” that state lawmakers had already launched laws to “criminalize and throw nurses and doctors in jail” in the event that they carry out abortions.
And legislators, she mentioned, endorsed a 1931 legislation making abortions in the state a felony “as have all of the Republican people running for governor. They want abortion to be a felony: no exception for rape or incest. That’s the kind of Legislature that I’m working with. That’s the kind of matchup I’m going to have this fall.”
Republican governors on the Sunday exhibits, whereas welcoming the court docket’s ruling, repeatedly emphasised that the debate and dialogue round this situation will proceed, framing it as a matter of states’ rights.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas mentioned on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that though the ruling was one thing the “pro-life movement worked for over 40 years” to realize, “we have to remember, this not a nationwide ban on abortion. Every state will have the ability to make its decisions.”
Later, Mr. Hutchinson tried to assuage considerations that different rights might be rolled again: “This is not about contraception. This is not about same-sex marriage: a very limited decision on this particular issue of abortion.”
And it’s “very important right now to assure women that the access to contraception is going to be able to continue.” Later, when requested if, as president, he would signal a nationwide legislation outlawing abortion, Mr. Hutchinson, who’s contemplating a run in 2024, mentioned no.
“I don’t believe that we ought to go back to saying there ought to be a national law that’s passed. We fought for 50 years to have this return to the states. We’ve won that battle. It’s back to the states. Let’s let it be resolved there.”
Another Republican, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, advised ABC’s “This Week” that the Supreme Court ruling was “wonderful news,” and that her state would now ban abortions besides to save lots of the lifetime of the mom. “But I anticipate there’ll be more debate and discussion” as a result of the ruling “gave the authority back to the states to make these decisions.”
When requested what would occur if a South Dakota resident traveled to a different state to get an abortion, Ms. Noem replied, “That certainly isn’t addressed in our statute today and so I think that’s things that there’ll be debate about but also, we’re having lots of debates in South Dakota.”