NEW: Nikki Haley Under Fire for Embracing Extreme Anti-Abortion Agenda

In response to Nikki Haley facing pressure for her extreme anti-abortion agenda , DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement: 

“Nikki Haley’s sad attempts to out-Trump Trump have put a spotlight on her extreme and unpopular agenda to rip freedoms away from the American people, just like she did as governor. Just this month, Haley has thrown her support behind extreme six-week abortion bans and pledged to sign any national abortion ban that came to her desk in her latest salvo to galvanize the MAGA base. Haley has only succeeded in alienating even more voters, who rejected her extremism when she was in the governor’s mansion and will do so again next year.” 

ICYMI: Nikki Haley on Friday pledged her support for extreme abortion bans before many women know they’re pregnant.

Bob Vander Plaats: “If you were governor of South Carolina and that came to your desk, would you sign the heartbeat bill?”

Haley: “Yes.”

Haley is now facing blowback for her extreme anti-abortion agenda and her yearslong record of ripping away freedoms from women.

New York Times: “Nikki Haley Says She Would Have Signed Six-Week Abortion Ban as Governor”

“Her remarks in Iowa on Friday were not a drastic departure from her previous stance. … At the most recent Republican debate, in Miami this month, Ms. Haley said that as president, she would sign an abortion ban of any length passed by Congress.”

Associated Press: “Nikki Haley’s approach to abortion is rooted in her earliest days in South Carolina politics”

Politico: “Haley, who ‘often clashed with members of her party because she labeled them insufficiently conservative’ on abortion,

  • ‘co-sponsored legislation in 2009 mandating a 24-hour waiting period between a woman’s abortion consultation and the procedure itself’
  • ‘voted to end abortion coverage for victims of rape and incest in the state health plan for employees’
  • ‘signed the most conservative abortion bill South Carolina Republicans were able to pass through both chambers at the time,’ and the law did not include exceptions for rape and incest.”

Washington Post: “Haley says she would sign six-week abortion ban if still S.C. governor”

Washington Examiner: “Nikki Haley doubles down on abortion stance at Iowa evangelical forum”

The Messenger: “Nikki Haley Defends Position on Abortion at Candidates Forum”

“At the forum, Haley touted her anti-abortion record when she was governor of South Carolina, where she signed an abortion ban after 20 weeks with a law requiring women to have ultrasounds before making a decision.”

Haley said during the most recent Republican debate that she would sign any nationwide abortion ban that landed on her desk.

Kirsten Welker: “Would you support a 15-week federal limit?”

Haley: “I would support anything that would pass.”

Haley has made clear that she would ban abortion nationwide if given the chance.

Haley: “Whatever we can get 60 Senate votes on, isn’t that better than what we have now? And if it’s– if it’s six weeks, that’s great. If it’s 15 weeks, that’s great.” 

Haley: “So what can we do? Is there room for a federal law? I think there is room for a federal law.”

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

Haley: “Yes of course I would sign [a federal ban].”

HuffPost: “Nikki Haley Says She ‘Absolutely’ Would Sign 15-Week Abortion Ban If GOP Had The Votes”

Haley: “When it comes to a federal bill, I think there is a place for that.” 

Haley signed an abortion ban as governor of South Carolina that had no exceptions for rape or incest and threatened doctors with jail time. 

TIME: “The law passed the General Assembly last week and blocks women from having abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. … Doctors who violate the law could face a fine or jail time.”

Newsweek: “Haley described herself as ‘very pro-life’ and has spent most of her political career fighting for anti-abortion legislation, including signing a law as South Carolina governor in 2016 banning the procedure in most circumstances after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life is at risk.”