Most in Senate GOP shun total abortion ban

“Most of the people I talk to believe there ought to be reasonable restrictions and reasonable exceptions,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm. “But every candidate’s going to decide where they are.”…

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When and if Republicans force a vote on abortion restrictions when they have a majority, it’s likely to contain those exceptions — a reflection of the party’s need to balance the views of moderate voters with their conservative base.

“Those exceptions are a sound decision for people who have very strong but differing opinions on these questions,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) “I respect, and I know, many people who don’t agree with that, many people who believe that no matter how life is formed it’s a precious life. I believe that those are sound, reasonable accommodations for diverse opinions for an issue that sparks a lot of intense feelings.”

A spokesperson for Walker said he is “pro-life and believes these decisions should be reserved for the states.”

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