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Nikki Haley tells Republicans to 'face reality' on abortion


Nikki Haley used her personal struggle with fertility to underscore her pro-life stance while addressing the issue of abortion in a key political speech on Tuesday as she called on Republicans to face ‘reality’ when it comes to the controversial issue.

Her remarks were designed to appeal to moderate voters and many in the GOP also expressed concern that some abortion laws being passed — such as the 12-week abortion ban signed by Ron DeSantis in Florida — are too restrictive and will turn off swing voters. Who will decide the next elections?

Since the issue divides the Republican Party, Haley called for consensus and a “constructive conversation” on the matter.

Hayley, speaking at the group’s headquarters and influential life coach Susan B. Anthony, herself as “pro-life.”

“I’m not apologetic or hesitant about it,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “I want to save as many lives as possible and help as many mothers as possible.”

Haley, the only avowed Republican presidential candidate, said her party “has to face this reality. Pro-life laws passed in strongly Republican states will not be approved at the federal level. That’s just a fact.”

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has called for a “constructive conversation” about abortion as she courts moderate voters

Florida is one of about a dozen states with the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Lawsuits are under way across the country after passing a wave of bans after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

A recent CBS News poll found that 58% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and that includes 62% of independent voters and 29% of Republicans.

Haley called for a “constructive conversation about where we go from here in our divided country”.

“It shouldn’t be about one movement winning, another losing,” she said. This shouldn’t be about picking sides, scoring points, or stoking anger. It is about saving children and supporting mothers.

But at no point in her pregnancy has she said she supports an abortion and has so far avoided associating herself with any specific proposal.

In February, she told NBC’s Today Show, “We need a consensus on this because I want to save as many babies as possible and I want to support as many mothers as possible.” Is this consensus 15 weeks? Is it ten weeks? Is it six weeks? I don’t know what this is, but we need to know this for the good of these kids and for the good of the mothers.

No stronger details were provided on Tuesday. But, in her notes, she made the issue personal, describing how her husband, Michael, was adopted and was grateful to his parents for choosing life.

She said, “Every day is a blessing because someone gave him life.” “Every day is a blessing because the family loved him and raised him under difficult circumstances.”

She also described how the couple struggled with fertility issues before having their son Nalin and daughter Rina.

Michael and I struggled to have children. I faced many challenges as a teenager and in my college years. I went through many surgeries. When Michael and I got married, I couldn’t wait to be a mom. But what easily happened to many of my friends, was not my family. We have gone through countless sessions of fertility treatments.

Every day I wake up to see or talk to my two children. I feel blessed. The greatest job I ever had, she said, was to be there mom.

Nikki Haley with (from right) her husband Michael, son Nalyn, daughter Rina and Rina's now husband Josh at Haley's presidential proclamation in February

Nikki Haley with (from right) her husband Michael, son Nalyn, daughter Rina and Rina’s now husband Josh at Haley’s presidential proclamation in February

In her remarks, Haley laid out the areas where she believes Americans can find consensus: making adoption easier, not punishing women for having abortions, not forcing medical staff to go against their personal beliefs to provide abortions, making birth control more available, and banning late-term abortion.

In her call for a quiet conversation, she criticized President Joe Biden for warming up on the issue.

She said it promotes division rather than trying to bring people together.

This is not driving. It’s more partial to the worst kind political leaders and pro-life candidates should not put up with demonization. We must call the extremes of the left.

Democrats view abortion as a winning cause for their party. In the 2022 midterm elections, the abortion issue rallied voters and kept Democrats in control of the Senate. In the House of Representatives, the Republicans won a small majority of five seats.

Hayley, in her remarks, was careful to stay away from controversy. I focused on a middle path, offering empathy and understanding to both sides of the issue.

Most people have a story that led them to their views on abortion. It could be your personal experience. It may be a trauma experienced by a family member or friend. It could be a moral conviction. Our fears may be about our daughters and their future.

Then she shared her story.

Nikki Haley at her first inauguration for governor of South Carolina in 2011 with her husband Michael, son Nalyn, and daughter Rina

Nikki Haley at her first inauguration for governor of South Carolina in 2011 with her husband Michael, son Nalyn, and daughter Rina

Haley has also criticized those who are pushing to have specific positions on abortion.

“How many weeks are you? How many exceptions do you have and the list goes on. But these questions miss the point if the goal is to save as many lives as possible. You don’t save any lives,” she said.

She concluded by inviting the Americans to meet.

Let’s treat it as a very important and personal issue. Let’s discuss it in a way that allows Americans to show each other love, not judgment or contempt. And let’s come to a consensus that will allow us to save as many children as possible, while supporting women in difficult situations.

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