Legal abortion supporters fly a banner reading Abortion is OK over the Alabama State Capitol building in downtown Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday May 15, 2019. Alabama HB314, the near-total ban on abortion bill, passed the Alabama legislature on Tuesday. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

House GOP leader says Alabama abortion law goes too far

May 16, 2019 - 1:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top House Republican says Alabama's new state law banning almost all abortions goes too far.

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy says the law, which doesn't allow exceptions for abortions in cases of rape and incest, "goes further than I believe."

McCarthy says he believes in "exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother."

McCarthy wouldn't take a stand on whether the Supreme Court should strike down the strictest abortion law in the nation if a challenge were to reach the court.

Republicans struggled to win over suburban women in last year's midterm elections and the controversy over abortion restrictions could prove politically troublesome.

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