After putting forward an interesting perspective on abortion during the GOP debate on Wednesday, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov., Nikki Haley, has once again called for a more compassionate and realistic approach.
In an exclusive interview with FNC’s “Fox & Friends” on Friday, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate emphasized that demonizing abortion only exacerbates the already existing divisions in our country.
According to her, the path to an effective solution is through “humanizing” the issue, shedding light on the personal stories and experiences that surround it.
During the interview, co-host Ainsley Earhardt raised an important point, acknowledging the current limitations faced by Republicans in terms of the number of votes needed to push a complete abolition of abortion through Congress. “How did you come up with this answer, and what are you hearing from the voters after that debate?” she asked.
Haley responded by explaining that her viewpoint is rooted in her personal beliefs and values.
As she put it, “You know, I am surrounded by blessings, and God has blessed me with an amazing husband and two wonderful children. But having said that, I think it’s really important that all of us remember everybody has a personal story. So while I’m unapologetically pro-life, I don’t judge anyone for being pro-choice. I think that we have to humanize this issue. We’ve got to stop demonizing this issue.”
“We have to start looking at the vision going forward. My vision is how do we save as many babies as possible and support as many moms as possible… let’s bring people together based on humanity, not based on making people hate each other,” she added.
Haley’s passionate stance comes on the heels of the GOP debate where she called for “respectful” deliberation and congressional consensus between Republicans and Democrats, as she clashed with former Vice President Mike Pence on the issue.
“When it comes to a federal ban, let’s be honest with the American people and say it would take 60 Senate votes, it would take the majority of the House. So in order to do that, let’s find consensus,” she stated.
With conviction, she proposed common ground that both sides could rally behind: banning late-term abortions, promoting adoptions, accommodating healthcare professionals with moral objections to performing abortions and ensuring access to contraception as alternatives to harsh legal consequences for women seeking abortions.
In closing, Haley passionately called for treating this issue with respect and sensitivity, saying, “Let’s treat this like the respectful issue that it is and humanize the situation and stop dehumanizing the situation.”
The former governor also took to her X page on Thursday to spread her message, writing, “Let’s work together to save as many babies and help as many moms as possible.”
We need to stop lying to the American people. Neither party has the votes in Congress to pass a full abortion ban or an abortion-on-demand bill. Let’s work together to save as many babies and help as many moms as possible.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 24, 2023