Fox News host Sean Hannity and network contributor Kayleigh McEnany responded to the Republican Party’s abortion-related losses in Tuesday’s elections by questioning the GOP’s abortion agenda.
According to reports, the Republican Party got wiped out in several states over the issue of abortion, with voters repeatedly choosing the Democrat Party’s abortion agenda over theirs. This was especially true in Ohio.
“In what became one of the most closely watched campaigns of the year, Ohio voters approved a ballot initiative putting protections for reproductive health decisions in the state constitution, including abortion at least until fetal viability,” according to NPR.
Ohio voters enshrined abortion rights into law despite it being considered a red state:
BREAKING: Ohio voters enshrine abortion access in its constitution, NBC News projects — another victory for abortion-rights supporters in a red state since the fall of Roe v. Wade https://t.co/CUWARXggeo pic.twitter.com/HZvgMf9n9x
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 8, 2023
Responding to the loss in Ohio, McEnany said on Fox News’ “Hannity” that the Republican Party needs to be more than just the “pro-baby party.”
“On the issue of abortion in Ohio tonight, we continue the losing streak in the pro-life movement. Every ballot initiative has been lost post-Dobbs for the pro-life movement. As a party, we must, we must not just be a pro-baby party. That’s a great thing. We must be a pro-mother party. We need a national strategy,” she said.
“There’s legislation we must put forward as a party to support women. And it’s out there. Sen. [Marco] Rubio’s laid it out, but we’ve got to get Trump behind it, the speaker of the house behind it, and have a national strategy to help vulnerable women, because the results of next year’s elections could be determined by that,” she added.
Later during the segment, Hannity resigned himself to the fact that voters simply aren’t resonating with the GOP’s strict abortion agenda.
“If we’re really gonna be honest about this — and I consider myself pro-life, but I understand that’s not where the country is — I would say first trimester, 15 weeks, seems to be where the country is,” he said.
“And these issues will be decided by the states. It is not going to be an issue in the House of Representatives. This is not going to be decided any longer in Washington, D.C. The states will decide,” he added.
McEnany responded by arguing that the GOP needs to pass a bunch of Democrat-like legislation to entice women to want to keep their babies instead of abort them.
“I want the House of Representatives passing legislation for men to pay women child support from the moment of conception, legislation to make the child tax credit apply to the unborn, legislation to have women have access to the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program up to two years after childbirth,” she said.
“These are things that can be done today that will make a difference, but until we own this issue as a party, we will lose again, and again, and again,” she added.
Regarding Tuesday’s elections, abortion losses were also seen in other states, including Kentucky.
“Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, won re-election after facing a challenge from the state’s Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron, who opposes abortion rights and has defended Kentucky’s strict abortion laws in court,” NPR notes.
While campaigning for reelection, Beshear “released an emotional ad in which a young woman talked about her experience as a victim of rape by a family member at age 12. ”
“She pointed out that Kentucky’s abortion law contains no rape or incest exceptions, saying, ‘Anyone who believes there should be no exceptions for rape and incest could never understand what it’s like to stand in my shoes,'” according to NPR.
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Hadley’s story is important.
Under Kentucky’s current law—which Daniel Cameron supports and defended to the Supreme Court—women and girls like her would have no options. pic.twitter.com/U89QieNgr2
— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) September 20, 2023
Over in Virginia meanwhile, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s 15-week abortion agenda got roiled by Democrats retaking full control of the General Assembly.
“Virginia voters resoundingly rejected Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s costly efforts to take control of the General Assembly in Tuesday’s elections, according to unofficial results — flipping the House of Delegates to Democratic control and preserving a blue majority in the state Senate that can block his conservative agenda and prevent Republicans from tightening limits on access to abortion,” The Washington Post reported.
None of these losses are a good sign for 2024. Indeed, Tuesday’s elections had been advertised by Democrats as a bellwether for next year’s big elections.
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