ACROSS THE COUNTRY: MAGA Republicans Escalate Their Anti-Abortion Extremism 

MAGA Republicans are not slowing down their cruel efforts to rip away freedoms from women across the country — in less than 48 hours, Iowa Republicans passed an extreme abortion ban, Glenn Youngkin announced his support for a nationwide abortion ban, and Mike Pence called for abortion to be banned even when a pregnancy isn’t viable. But it won’t end there: To close out the week, 2024 GOP hopefuls will gather at a cattle call hosted by multiple extreme anti-abortion groups in Iowa on the same day the new abortion ban will be signed into law and go into effect.

Iowa Republicans passed an extreme six-week abortion ban in a special session that would force Iowa women to give birth.

NBC News: “Iowa Republicans pass a new 6-week abortion ban”

Associated Press: “Iowa’s Republican-led Legislature passed a bill banning most abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy during a marathon special session Tuesday that continued late into the night. Gov. Kim Reynolds immediately said in a statement she would sign the bill on Friday.”

As he continues to push to ban abortion in his own commonwealth, Glenn Youngkin became the latest MAGA Republican to back a national abortion ban. 

Kaitlan Collins: “What about a federal ban? Are you for that?”

Youngkin: “I think that where common sense brings us together is around a 15-week bill that protects life.” 

Mike Pence is unashamedly calling for legislation that would force women to give birth even when their pregnancy isn’t viable – going against the advice of medical experts in his effort to rip away freedoms for women across the country.

Associated Press: “In a recent interview, Pence went even further, saying abortion should be banned when a pregnancy isn’t viable. Such a standard would force women to carry pregnancies to term even when doctors have determined there is no chance a baby will survive outside the womb.

“‘I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it,’ Pence said in the interview. ‘I just have heard so many stories over the years of courageous women and families who were told that their unborn child would not go to term or would not survive. And then they had a healthy pregnancy and a healthy delivery.’

“Doctors disputed Pence’s characterization, saying there are conditions that are always incompatible with life and others where the chance of survival is so slim that most patients, when previously given the choice, concluded that continuing the pregnancy wasn’t worth the suffering, grief or risk.”

On the same day that the abortion ban in Iowa will be signed into law and go into effect, 2024 Republicans will gather in Iowa at a cattle call hosted by extreme anti-abortion groups that are pushing for a national abortion ban. 

Radio Iowa: “Bob Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of The Family Leader, said the candidates should be clear about their position on abortion and not just react to polling on the issue. ‘It’s not just a state issue, it’s a federal issue,’ Vander Plaats said, ‘so you want the president of the United States to cast a vision for life at the federal level as well.’”

Politico: “We will oppose any presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, has said of the organization’s 2024 strategy.

2024 GOP presidential candidates have made clear that they won’t stop their anti-abortion rampage until they rip away every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. 

USA Today: “‘A vital role:’ Donald Trump endorses the idea of national abortion restrictions” 

Ron DeSantis: “Dobbs returned the issue to the elected representatives of the people. And so I think that there’s a role for both the federal and the states.”

Tim Scott: “When I am president of the United States, I will sign the most pro-life legislation the House and Senate can put on my desk. We should begin with a 15-week national limit.”

Mike Pence: “I’d certainly support a heartbeat bill, a six-week bill.”

Fox News: “Nikki Haley, 2024 Republican candidate, vows to sign federal abortion ban if elected president”

USA Today: “Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he would sign into law a 15-week national abortion ban if he were president.”

Francis Suarez: “Yes, I would sign a 15-week ban.”

Will Hurd: “If a 15-week abortion ban came to my desk, I would sign it.”