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ICYMI: Nikki Haley Backed a Complete Abortion Ban With No Exceptions in South Carolina

CONCORD, NH — In case you missed it, new reporting from NBC News highlighted Nikki Haley’s yearslong record of pushing for extreme abortion bans in South Carolina. Haley backed a complete abortion ban as a state legislator with no exceptions for rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life – and nothing she says on the campaign trail to Granite Staters can change the facts of her dangerous record. 


Now, Haley is running to take that extreme agenda nationwide, pledging to sign a national abortion ban if it landed on her desk.


Read on for highlights from NBC’s article:


NBC News: Nikki Haley’s history on abortion policy includes backing strict bans in S.C.

  • Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has worked on the campaign trail to strike a balance between declaring herself “unapologetically pro-life” and advocating for finding national consensus on abortion access.

  • Haley has cast that as an appropriate and necessary emphasis for someone running for president of a tightly divided nation. But it is a sharp shift from what she emphasized not only as South Carolina’s governor but, before that, as a state legislator.

  • Haley has cast that as an appropriate and necessary emphasis for someone running for president of a tightly divided nation. But it is a sharp shift from what she emphasized not only as South Carolina’s governor but, before that, as a state legislator.

  • During her time in the state House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010, Haley backed two “right to life” bills that would have significantly limited abortion access statewide, although neither bill ultimately became law.

  • In 2010, Haley co-sponsored a bill proposing that life begins at fertilization, with due process and equal protection both applying to embryos, essentially imposing a complete ban on abortion. The bill, which died in committee, did not include any exceptions — not for rape, incest or the life and health of the mother. 

  • And in 2005, Haley voted in favor of another bill that made a similar due process and equal protection proposal beginning at fertilization, but included an exception for rape victims taking a morning-after pill.

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