GOP 2024 hopeful Nikki Haley promised to give a major policy speech on abortion but failed to deliver

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Whenever Republicans start talking about consensus, you can be sure you won’t like what comes out of their mouths next.

That is especially true of GOP Presidential candidates.

And GOP 2024 hopeful Nikki Haley promised to give a major policy speech on abortion but failed to deliver.

Nikki Haley was hosted by Pro-Life organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and was supposed to give a direct and hard-hitting speech on the life issue.

A “major policy speech” to make clear her position on abortion

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign billed her speech on abortion as a “major policy speech” that would make clear her position on the vital issue of life.

It was even hosted by well-known national Pro-Life group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

But within minutes of her stepping up to the podium, it was clear that there would be no such clarity from Haley on the issue.

“I won’t address every single question or angle,” Haley said forcefully in her opening sentences.

Stating she was refusing to state her position was the only time Haley was forceful during the speech.

The only female Republican Presidential candidate promised to speak about the issue both “directly” and “openly.” 

But instead, she offered very few specifics during her speech inside a breakroom at Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s Arlington, VA office.

Haley called for the nation to reach some unspecified “national consensus” on abortion to “save as many lives and help as many moms as possible.”

Maced by Haley

In fact, Haley sounded almost like her fellow South Carolinian, and RINO Congresswoman Nancy Mace. 

Haley did not embrace any specific time after which she thinks abortion should be banned, gave no concrete policy proposals, and refused to take questions from reporters.

The only time Haley was clear, other than when she made it clear she wouldn’t be clear, was her comment that nothing “far-reaching” would land on her desk, should she end up in the White House. 

“We have to face this reality. The Pro-Life laws that have passed in strongly Republican states will not be approved at the federal level,” Haley said. “That’s just a fact.”

Haley’s failure to spell out her position on the issue all but ends any long shot she had to get the GOP nomination.

GOP candidates have lost a few races to Democrats who championed radical pro-abortion policies in the post-Dobbs era.

The main reason for this is the GOP’s reticence to discuss the issue or take a strong stand in defense of life.

“I don’t judge someone who is pro-choice any more than I want them to judge me for being Pro-Life,” said Haley.

“Not what Pro-Life voters are looking for”

Pro-Life leaders and activists were completely disgusted by Haley’s address. 

After Haley finished, prominent Pro-Life activist Lila Rose called the speech “disappointing” and “not what Pro-Life voters are looking for.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, stressed the importance for candidates to show “boldness in communicating” their positions on abortion laws. 

Dannenfelser has claimed her organization will oppose Republican Presidential candidates who don’t embrace, at minimum, a national 15-week limit on abortions. 

This is a very mild proposal, which would only end up affecting less than 9% of all abortions.

The group has openly criticized former President Donald Trump for saying that he believed abortion policy should be left to the states.

So it was thought Haley’s speech would provide a good opening for her.

But as Dannenfelser looked on, she was shocked during Haley’s speech that the former Governor and United Nations ambassador never stated the extent she believes the federal government should go in restricting abortion. 

In fact, Haley downplayed the possibility of any highly restrictive national law being passed, noting that the Senate lacks the votes. 

As reported by Politico, “Afterward, a spokesperson for Haley clarified that she has not called for a 15-week national restriction, even as SBA released a statement applauding Haley’s pledge to do so. An SBA spokesperson told POLITICO that Haley ‘has assured us that she will commit to 15 weeks.’”

Someone isn’t getting their story straight.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.