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Republicans Struggle to Unite Party Around National Abortion Restrictions

Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, has falsely suggested that legislation codifying abortion rights would lead to forced abortions.

“If they want to put that at the heart of their campaigns, they can. But they do it at their peril,” he said in an interview. The language echoed the incendiary rhetoric used by anti-abortion groups and President Trump, who falsely claimed in 2019 that abortion rights allowed mothers and doctors to decide to ‘execute’ a baby.

“You have to fight the issue,” said Brad Todd, a Republican political adviser who urges many of the party’s Senate candidates to vigorously refute Democratic attacks on abortion. “And if you fight the problem, you can win it. But you can’t just bury your head in the sand and pretend it’s over.”

Democrats refute that a Republican strategy can’t erase decades of GOP posts that have labeled abortion murder and argued that life begins at conception. Democrats have already spent millions on ads attacking their opponents for supporting national bans, without exception for rape and incest.

In a meeting with civil and abortion rights advocates on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris said the government plans to focus more on the issue in the final weeks of the campaign, according to someone familiar with the event and asked not to be named. to discuss private conversations. Within hours of Mr. Graham submitting his proposal, Democrats across the country tried to tie their opponents to the plan, saying that if elected, they would be “automatic votes” for a national ban in Congress. .

“We can look at all the differences between where they’ve been, things that have been said, but ultimately a national ban on abortion is being proposed, and that’s in stark contrast to the will of the American people,” said Laphonza Butler, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Emily’s List, the largest funder of female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.