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Rep. McCarthy: "I defend my pro-life position" but also believes in exceptions

Kevin McCarthy
Posted at 12:47 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 15:51:10-04

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed his opposition on a new Alabama law that outlaws virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.

"I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that's what I've voted on," McCarthy said at a weekly presser. "I believe the most precious gift God gives us is life and I defend my pro-life position for my whole political career but in my whole political career, I also believed in rape, incest or life of the mother. There was exceptions, that's exactly what Republicans have voted on in this house. That's what our platform says and I believe that's the point of what you find many of us and where we stand."

Mcarthy's comments comes after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The law only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly." Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.