Republican strategist Gus Portela admitted on Thursday that the restrictive anti-abortion law passed in Alabama this week could blow up in his party’s face in 2020.
While talking with Hill.TV, Portela said that conservatives should be happy to see Republicans moving aggressively to restrict abortion — but he cautioned that Alabama’s law was so extreme that it could become a major rallying point for Democrats in 2020.
“The play that was called was wrong, in my opinion,” Portela said. “It might create some problems in the future, and I think it might energize, politically speaking… a very important base for the Democrats.”
Portela said that Alabama legislators may have grievously erred when they refused to include exceptions for cases of rape and incest in their ban on abortion, which would send doctors who perform the procedure to prison for up to 99 years.
By including exceptions for rape and incest, Portela argued, the bill could have been less divisive and more appealing to people who have mixed feelings about abortion as a whole.
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GOP lawmaker cut the mic on black woman’s facts — but let white men spew ‘lunacy and lies’: report
The Republican chair of a Tennessee legislative committee is under fire for cutting off the microphone while a woman of color was speaking -- but allowing white men to spew "lunacy."
"It took all of five minutes for Sen. Mike Bell, chairman of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to prove Cherisse Scott’s point. Scott is founder and CEO of Sister Reach, a Memphis organization that fights for reproductive freedom and health for rural women and girls of color struggling with poverty," Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee explained.
Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists
The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.
Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland
President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.
On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire: