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Mon Dec 17, 2018, 07:37 PM

107. Can she appeal to young women while remaining anti-choice?

 

Here's the section of her Wikipedia bio on abortion, referring to her time in the South Carolina state legislature:

Haley describes herself as pro-life and has supported legislation to restrict abortion.[14][46][47][48] She has stated "I'm not pro-life because the Republican Party tells me, I'm pro-life because all of us have had experiences of what it means to have one of these special little ones in our life."[48]

Haley has consistently supported bills that give rights to a fetus and restrict abortion, except when the mother's life is at risk. In 2006, as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Haley voted for the Penalties for Harming an Unborn Child/Fetus law, which asserted that an act of violence against a fetus is akin to a criminal act against the mother. She also voted for two separate bills that required a woman to first look at an ultrasound and then wait 24 hours before being permitted to have an abortion.[49] In 2016, she re-signed a new state law that bans abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.[48]

Haley has voted in favor of some bills relating to abortion that were tabled or rejected, including the Inclusion of Unborn Child/Fetus in Definition for Civil Suits Amendment, Prohibiting Employment Termination Due to Abortion Waiting Period amendment, and Exempting Cases of Rape from Abortion Waiting Period amendment. The latter would have allowed specific cases of women to not have to wait the mandatory 24 hours before having an abortion.[50]


If she sticks with those views, she'll alienate those young women you worry she'll attract (although she'll still have other electoral strengths). If she tries to tack toward the center on reproductive rights, she'll exacerbate the problem other posters have noted, namely the hard-right nutjobs who vote in GOP primaries.

ETA: I've seen speculation about a modified version of your scenario -- Trump runs for re-election but dumps Pence, who brings nothing to the ticket (the evangelicals who adore him will vote Republican anyway). The new VP candidate would be someone who might attract some swing voters, and Haley could be at the top of that list.

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