Democrats are “taking a barbaric position,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the No. 2 Republican in the House. “It’s a radical far-left shift they’ve taken and, frankly, most Americans are sickened by that.”
So far the tactics aren’t swaying Democrats, who are highly unified around abortion rights and accuse the GOP of spreading inflammatory misinformation. To redirect the conversation, they hope to focus on aspects of women’s health where they are on more solid ground — for instance by, attacking the Trump administration’s recent move to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, congressional aides said.
But Republicans aim to keep the spotlight on their billmaking it a felony for a doctor to harm or neglect an infant who survives an attempted abortion.