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Republicans Struggle to Unite Party Around National Abortion Restrictions


Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, has falsely suggested that laws codifying abortion rights would result in forced abortions.

“In the event that they have the desire to make that the central focus of their campaigns, they will try this. But they do it at their very own risk,” he said in an interview. The language carried echoes of the inflammatory rhetoric utilized by anti-abortion groups and President Trump, who in 2019 falsely claimed that abortion rights allowed moms and doctors to choose to “execute” a baby.

“You’ve gotten to fight the difficulty out,” said Brad Todd, a Republican political consultant who’s urging lots of the party’s Senate candidates to forcefully rebut Democratic attacks on abortion. “And for those who fight the difficulty out, you’ll be able to win on it. But you’ll be able to’t just put your head within the sand and act prefer it’s going to go away.”

Democrats counter that a Republican strategy can’t erase a long time of G.O.P. messaging that has solid abortion as murder and that has argued that life begins at conception. Already, Democrats have spent tens of millions on ads attacking their opponents for supporting national bans with no exceptions for rape and incest.

In a gathering with civil rights and abortion rights advocates on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris said the administration plans to extend its deal with the difficulty in the ultimate weeks of the campaign, in response to someone briefed on the event who asked to not be named, discussing private conversations. Inside hours of Mr. Graham’s introducing his proposal, Democrats across the country attempted to tie their opponents to the plan, saying that if elected, they’d be “automatic votes” for a national ban in Congress.

“We are able to take a look at all of the differences between where they’ve been, things which were said, but at the top of the day what’s being proposed is a national ban on abortion, and that stands in direct contrast with the desire of the American people,” said Laphonza Butler, the top of Emily’s List, the biggest funder of female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

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