Some Republicans and their allies dispute the idea that abortion is a losing issue for the party.
Abortion is emerging as one of the few policies that divide the 2024 GOP presidential field, with candidates stuck between a base that demands strong anti-abortion positions and growing evidence it’s hurting them at the polls.
The big picture: The presidential contenders’ handling of abortion rights may be getting the most attention, but Republicans across multiple levels of government are warring with one another over the issue.
- So far, there’s neither a winning formula for threading the needle of being sufficiently conservative without alienating too many voters, nor consensus as to what it should look like.
- Some practical-minded Republicans, including former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, argue that pushing policies like a federal ban are pointless when the votes aren’t there in Congress to pass them.
Driving the news: Former Vice President Mike Pence attacked Haley during the first Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night for not being sufficiently aggressive on the issue.