Sen. Josh Hawley: States' tough abortion laws are response to Democrats' 'extremism'

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Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday defended states’ efforts to pass restrictive abortion laws, calling them a “direct response to the extremism” of measures approved in Democratically-led states.

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Opponents like Hawley argue that those type of exceptions, which require a doctor’s approval, effectively legalize late-term abortions until the moment of birth.

The Republican said on “Fox & Friends” that the legislation in his state is a reaction to such measures. 

“It’s just incredible the extremism that we’re seeing. And I think you’re seeing these states responding,” Hawley said. He said he thought the Supreme Court “will ultimately have to weigh in.” 

“Democrat politicians are actually advocating abortion in the final weeks of pregnancy,” he said. “These are policies that only a few countries in the world like Iran, like China, allow. We’ve got to stop this kind of extremism.”

Hawley claimed that Democrats have approved laws that would “allow a baby to born and then killed after birth.” That argument has been assailed as maliciously false by many medical professionals. 

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