(Video: Fox News)
Democrats fanned out across the Sunday morning talk shows in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade as the party sifted through the wreckage of Friday’s ruling and Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams ventured into unfriendly territory on Fox News where she refused to be pinned down on her support for late-term abortion.
Abrams joined anchor Martha MacCallum on “Fox News Sunday” where she was asked for her feedback on Friday’s big decision now that abortion has been taken out of the hands of the federal government and returned to the states with Georgia having passed a “heartbeat” law that bans abortions after six weeks.
Noting that the Georgia law which has been held up by the courts will now likely move forward after the SCOTUS ruling, MacCallum asked Abrams, who had said that she was “appalled” by Roe’s overturning, whether she would support the Georgia law carrying out the will of the people going into effect.
“I do not, and I would reject the notion that this is the will of the people,” Abrams replied. “This was a political decision made by the narrowest of margins and done to satisfy an even narrower constituency.”
“A majority of Georgians rejected the notion of overturning Roe v. Wade, they reject this bill and this is not the law that will be safest for Georgia women,” she said, invoking her party’s constantly invoked claims of majority support for their policies. “What is more concerning to me though is the notion that our constitutional rights and the bodily autonomy that women for fifty years have come to rely on will now be subject to state by state imprimatur rather than being governed by a federal notion that no matter who you are, no matter where you are live, we live in the United States and our ability to control our bodies should be sacrosanct regardless of state lines.”
MacCallum followed up, “So we are seeing in different states that there will be different limitations based on when people would be able to get an abortion, do you support any limitation on abortion or does it, do you think that women should have an abortion all the way out to nine months?”
“I believe that abortion is a medical decision, and I believe that that should be a choice made between a doctor and a woman and in consultation with her family,” Abrams said, ducking a direct answer. “But I think the challenge that we have is that we keep putting this in a political space. This is a medical decision, and the medical choices that should be made should be governed by what is best for that woman, and what is the best suggestion of an advice of their doctor.”
Later in the segment, MacCallum asked bout the life and safety of the child, leading Abrams to attack Governor Brian Kemp, claiming that he has “refused to expand Medicaid in the state of Georgia.”
“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,” she said. “And the reality is, if we care about the medical, if we care about the medical needs of women, especially black women then we have to care the entire time,” she added, throwing down the race card.
MacCallum persisted by rephrasing her question on whether the candidate backs abortion up to nine months and when she could take the life of the unborn child into consideration.
“What I would say is that it is a medical decision. I don’t know of a single woman who reaches the stage where this decision is easy. That is not the case. And so this is a medical conversation. And while we are absolutely compelled to have these difficult conversations, they should not be political ones,” Abrams said, refusing to give a straight answer.
“I should not be making decisions without having true understanding of the facts. Nor should any other political leader,” she added “This is not a political issue. This is a medical issue.”
Pressed by MacCallum over whether she believed that abortion should be allowed for nine months depending on the circumstances, Abrams snapped “That is not what I said.”
“I said this is a medical decision. And the medical decisions that have to be made have to be made in context. This is a specious approach to try to denude the entire argument and the reality is abortion and reproductive care is personal and it is singular and it should be made between a woman and her doctor,” Abrams said. “I do not have either the experience or the capacity to know what is happening with others.”
The Georgia democrat also appeared on Sunday morning’s edition of “State of the Union” on CNN where she was asked if she believes that businesses should pull up stakes in Georgia if a ban on abortion goes into effect.
"I would tell anyone … to take into very real consideration the danger Brian Kemp poses…"
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams shares what she would tell those concerned about a state abortion ban. CNN invited Gov. Brian Kemp on, but he declined. @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/ReqosiZvfH
— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2022
“I would tell anyone, whether you are a business or a citizen thinking about being in Georgia, to take into very real consideration the danger that Brian Kemp poses to the life and welfare of women in the state,” she said.
Abrams, whose bullying over the state’s election integrity law was a major factor in Major League Baseball pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta last year, costing the area tens of millions in lost revenue, has made it clear that the party’s defense of abortion will be the top priority over the economic well-being of Georgians despite her insistence that it shouldn’t be about politics.
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