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The spate of new stringent restrictions on access to abortion enacted at the state level are outside of the mainstream and do not represent the opinion of most Americans, according to Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The Minnesota Democrat, one of nearly two dozen Democrats vying for the presidential nomination, made her remarks Sunday in an on-air interview by Chris Wallace on Fox News.
Some eight states, controlled by Republicans, have in recent weeks enacted sweeping new limits on abortion with a goal of sending one or more of these state laws to the US Supreme Court with the goal of overturning the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal nationwide.
Perhaps the toughest, Alabama would ban abortions at any point except on matters of the extreme health of the woman and impose harsh prison sentences on any physician found to provide an abortion.
“If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, I would make sure that we are codifying Roe v. Wade into law,” Klobuchar said.
“But I think it’s really important for the Fox News viewers to understand exactly what’s happening here. These aren’t nuances anymore. This is a case where the laws that they have passed in these states would actually make it so that no one could get an abortion, and at the same time, while we would reduce the number of abortions because of making contraception more available all over the country through Planned Parenthood and other ways, they’ve also moved to defund Planned Parenthood,” she continued.
“So, this is dangerous. It is a place that we have never seen. I think people have always warned that this could happen and it’s actually happened,” Klobuchar added. “And when I talk to people, whether they are pro-choice or they are personally opposed to abortion, a lot of them, Chris, don’t think we should go this direction. Seventy-three percent of Americans don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“You have a situation here where they would actually put doctors in prison 99 years, that’s what the Alabama law says. This is a law that they passed that would mean that if someone was raped, if a college student was raped, she wouldn’t have a choice in the pregnancy from a rape,” the senator said.
“I don’t think the majority of Americans are where the Republicans are on this issue right now,” Klobuchar concluded.
On this point, Klobuchar appears correct. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 65 percent of Americans want Roe v Wade maintained. Just 32 percent want it over turned.