Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley told CBS News on Sunday that a federal law banning abortions would be an “unrealistic” goal for the next president.
Haley refused to endorse a ban on abortions in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, claiming that to do so would not be an “honest” promise to the American people of what is possible at the federal level.
“I think the media has tried to divide them by saying we have to decide certain weeks,” Haley said in the interview with CBS. “In states, yes. At the federal level, it’s not realistic.”
While serving as South Carolina governor, Haley signed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
On April 25, Haley gave a pro-life speech in Arlington, Virginia, saying that as president, she would “strive” to “find consensus” on the abortion issue. Haley continued to say that she was “unapologetic and unhesitant” in her pro-life views.
On CBS, Haley said that in order to make a national standard on abortions, there needs to be a House majority, 60 Senate votes, and approval from the president.
“We haven't had 60 pro-life senators in 100 years," Haley stated, saying that she needed to “tell the American people the truth.”
Political organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said they were “in agreement” with Haley’s stance on late-term abortion. SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser released a statement following Haley’s interview.
“The pro-life movement must have a nominee who will boldly advocate for this consensus, and as president will work tirelessly to gather the votes necessary in Congress,” Dannenfelser said. “Ambassador Haley is uniquely gifted at communicating from a pro-life woman’s perspective. I look forward to confirmation of her concrete goals.”