GOP Presidential candidate Nikki Haley said no to a federal abortion ban for one bizarre reason

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Nikki Haley is getting a lot of media attention for someone who can’t even crack 5% support in any poll.

And now some of that media attention is actually turning GOP voters away.

Because GOP Presidential candidate Nikki Haley said no to a federal abortion ban for one bizarre reason.

When politicians get desperate it seems they will try almost anything to become relevant.

Facing political realities

That certainly seems to be the case for former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Haley seems to be taking a page out of the Nancy Mace playbook on how to get press and alienate your own base at the same time.

Haley declined again to endorse a federal abortion ban and even made the claim it would not be honest for any Republican to promise such an “unrealistic” goal to the American people.

In other words, Haley thinks it’s dishonest to say you support laws to stop killing children.

And she somehow doesn’t find it at all dishonest to take money from well-meaning donors for a race she can’t possibly win.

Rather than attack solid pro-life candidates for being “dishonest,” perhaps Haley should stop being dishonest herself and drop out of a race she has no chance of winning.

In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Haley, who in addition to serving as Governor of South Carolina also served Trump as ambassador to the United Nations, said, “For a national standard, I think we have to tell the American people the truth.”

She then pointed out the political realities of passing federal legislation through Congress.

“In order to do a national standard, you’d have to have a majority of the House, 60 Senate votes and a President. We haven’t had 60 Pro-Life Senators in 100 years.

“So the idea that a Republican President could ban all abortions is not being honest with the American people, any more than a Democrat President could ban these Pro-Life laws in the states,” Haley said. 

“So let’s be honest with the American people and say: Let’s find national consensus. Let’s agree on getting rid of late-term abortions.”

Haley just doesn’t get it, or doesn’t care

Claiming Pro-Life legislation can’t pass has long been an excuse for the political class.

It is an old tactic used by establishment Republicans to keep Pro-Life activists at bay.

Unfortunately, too many so-called “Pro-Life” leaders fall for the ploy.

For example, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) who is also running for President recently came out with a 20-week ban proposal.  

What he doesn’t say is that a 20-week ban wouldn’t impact more than 95% of all abortions.

And yet the pro-abortion Left will make it seem like they are ending all abortions.

When CBS’ Margaret Brennan noted Scott’s proposal, she said, “so he is picking a week” of gestation.

Then Brennan asked Haley, “Some of your fellow Republicans are. Why do you feel like that’s misdirection?”

Haley tried to argue it would be unrealistic to endorse a specific number of weeks due to the Senate filibuster, which would likely stand in the way of passing a strict federal ban.

“I’m not going to lie to the American people. Nothing’s going to happen if we don’t get 60 votes in the Senate. We’re not even close to that on the Republican or the Democrat side,” she said.

What Haley either doesn’t understand or is choosing to ignore is the only way to ever pass meaningful Pro-Life legislation is to push it every single year until it gets the needed votes.

That is how the Left operates, and Haley and the GOP would be wise to follow suit.

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