Nikki Haley on Abortion



Respect women instead of demonizing with fear or judgement

Gov. DESANTIS: She's trying to speak to different groups with different things.

HALEY: I am unapologetically pro-life. These fellows don't know how to talk about abortion. The Democrats put fear in women on abortion and Republicans have used judgment. This is too personal of an issue to put fear or judgment. Our goal should be: "How do we save as many babies as possible and support as many moms as possible?" That's what we're going to focus on doing. We're not going to demonize this issue anymore. We're not going to play politics with this issue anymore. We're going to treat it like the respectful issue that it is.

DESANTIS: When she says "pro-lifers need to stop talking about throwing women in jail," that's a trope. No one I've ever met thinks that.

HALEY: You keep saying, "where is anybody talking about putting a woman in jail or giving her the death penalty?" South Carolina. There is legislation right now that would put a woman in jail if she got an abortion. That's why I say that.

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate , Jan 10, 2024

Unapologetically pro-life, but no federal ban

Q: Your state today confirmed a 6-week abortion.

HALEY: I am unapologetically pro-life. Having said that, we need to stop demonizing this issue. Unelected justices didn't need to decide something this personal, because it's personal for every woman and man. Now, it's been put in the hands of the people. That's great.

Q: What about a federal ban?

HALEY: Let's be honest with the American people and say it will take 60 Senate votes & a majority of the House. So in order to do that, let's find consensus. Can't we all agree that we should ban late term abortions? Can't we all agree that we should encourage adoptions? Can't we all agree that doctors and nurses who don't believe in abortion shouldn't have to perform them? Can't we all agree that contraception should be available? And can't we all agree that we are not going to put a woman in jail or give her the death penalty if she gets an abortion? Let's humanize the situation and stop demonizing the situation.

Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

Not enough pro-life senators to ban abortions

HALEY: When you're talking about a federal ban, be honest with the American people.

PENCE: I am being honest [in wanting a federal ban].

HALEY: We have had 45 pro-life senators in over 100 years. So no Republican president can ban abortions, any more than a Democrat president could ban all those state laws.

PENCE: 70% of the American people support legislation to ban abortion --

HALEY: But 70% of the Senate does not.

Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

I think we can all agree on banning late-term abortions

I think we can all agree on banning late-term abortions. I think we can all agree on encouraging adoptions. I think we can agree on doctors and nurses who don't believe in abortions shouldn't have to perform them. I think we can agree that contraception should be accessible. I think we can all say any woman that has an abortion shouldn't be jailed or given the death penalty. Our goal should always be how do we save as many babies as we can and support as many mothers in that process as we do it?
Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jun 4, 2023

Some states are pro-life, some err on side of abortion

I have long said I am pro-life not because the Republican Party tells me to be, but because my husband was adopted. But having said that, I think what happened when it went back to the states now there could be consensus in each state. You know, there's some states that have been pro-life, I welcome that. There are some states that have erred on the side of abortion. I wish that wasn't the case, but it is. I think that we need to make sure that people's voices are heard.
Source: CBS Face the Nation on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , May 14, 2023

As UN ambassador condemned regimes using forced abortion

Nikki was one of the most pro-life governors in America. As governor, she signed many important pieces of legislation, including the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (outlawing abortion at 20 weeks). At the UN, Nikki continued to champion life, condemning violent regimes that use forced abortion as a means of population control and punishment.
Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website NikkiHaley.com , May 7, 2023

I'm pro-life because someone saved my husband's life

When [my future husband Michael] was three, he and his our siblings were removed from their home by the state. His biological mother got in a car accident and suffered a brain injury. She was no longer able to care for the kids, so Michel and his two sisters were put in foster care in one home, and two others went to different homes nearby. When he was four, he and his younger sister were adopted by an amazing couple, Bill and Carole Haley, who couldn't have children of their own.

In politics people assume that if you're a Republican you're prolife because the party tells you to be. I'm prolife because I got a chance to spend every day with the love of my life knowing that I am blessed that someone saved his life. I would be lost without him.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p. 26-28 , Apr 3, 2012

Every life is blessed by God

I believe every life has a value and is blessed by God--my husband was adopted and my pro-life convictions stem from the fact I feel the blessings of that value every day knowing someone chose life for him. I see it every day in my two children as I watch them grow. My hope is that we continue to encourage and work towards educating that value of life to everyone.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, nikkihaley.com "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

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Ryan Binkley (R-TX)
Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
Mayor Francis Suarez (R-FL;withdrew)
Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

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Pres. Joe Biden (D-DE)
V.P.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (I-NY)
Chase Oliver (L-GA)
Rep.Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Jill Stein (Green)
Cornel West (Green Party)
Kanye West (Birthday Party)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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