GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley lays out her stance on abortion

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley laid out her stance on abortion Monday in an interview with “CBS Mornings,” saying that while she’s “unapologetically pro-life,” abortion is “a very personal matter.”

Haley did not say whether she would support a federal ban, but noted that any policy at that level would require consensus — majority support in the House, 60 votes in the Senate and the president’s signature.

“We haven’t had 60 pro-life senators in over 100 years,” she said, adding that “a Republican president can no more ban abortion than a Democratic president can ban all these laws that occur in the States”.

“So where can we agree? We can agree: let’s stop late-term abortions. Let’s make sure that if doctors and nurses don’t believe in abortion, they shouldn’t have to perform it. Let’s encourage more adoptions and make sure our foster children feel love. Let’s make contraception accessible. And let’s say that if a woman has an abortion, she shouldn’t go to jail or be sentenced to death. Let’s start there. And instead of demonizing the issue, let’s humanize the problem.”

She added that she is pro-life because her husband was adopted and because she struggled to have her children.

“What I think we need to do is understand that everyone has a story,” she said. “I don’t judge people for being pro-choice any more than I want them to judge me for being pro-life.”

Haley also discussed transgender issues, saying biological boys playing in women’s sports “is the problem for women in our time.”

“Let the girls have their own locker room,” she said. “Let the girls have their own sports. That was the whole point of Title IX. Don’t go pushing, you know, the challenges of a small minority on the majority of our girls. don’t deserve this.”

Haley, who is a former governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced in February that she was running for president. If she wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, she would go down in history as the first woman and first Asian American to top the GOP ticket.

She spoke to “CBS Mornings” after appearing Sunday night at a CNN town hall, where she was asked about issues ranging from abortion to foreign policy.

In his town hall on CNN and on “CBS Mornings,” Haley slammed President Biden on Afghanistan, saying global actions, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and North Korea’s ballistic missile tests. North, would not have happened “if we hadn’t had this debacle in Afghanistan” – referring to the chaotic August 2021 withdrawal of the country that the United States invaded in 2001.

She also said the way to prevent any military conflict with China in the next few years was to “be strong”.

“That’s why I think it’s so important for Ukraine to win this war against Russia, because if Ukraine wins this war, it sends a message to China on Taiwan. It sends a message to Iran who wants to build a bomb and threaten Israel sends a message to, you know, North Korea and all the other enemies who want to destroy it,” she said.

Haley said if Ukraine lost, Russia would enter Poland and the Baltics “and we’re looking at World War III,” and China would enter Taiwan.

“So it doesn’t mean we put money on the ground, it doesn’t mean we put troops on the ground, but what it does mean is that we have to continue to work with our allies in order to that they have the equipment and ammunition they need to win,” she said.

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