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Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Friday, May 24 2019 May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019 6:26 AM May 24, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

Even as abortion opponents celebrate passage of tough bans in several states, they are divided over making exceptions for victims of rape and incest.

Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, support such exceptions. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those fearing a no-exception stance could hurt the GOP's election prospects.

A 2018 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of Americans support exceptions for rape and incest. Divisions over rape and incest exceptions have existed within the anti-abortion movement for many years, but have become more apparent this year as several states in the South and Midwest enacted tough bans on abortion.

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