Nikki Haley says she believes embryos are children but disagrees with the Alabama Supreme Court decision.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that, while she believes a frozen embryo is a baby, she disagreed with the Alabama Supreme Court’s in vitro fertilization decision last week.

In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Haley backtracked on her initial reactions to the verdict, which determined that frozen embryos are children under the law and those who destroy them can be held liable for wrongful murder.
The contentious ruling has infuriated abortion rights activists and cast doubt on Alabama women’s ability to use IVF to conceive, as fertility clinics consider new and possibly burdensome legal obligations.

Haley stated that she believes the judges ruled right under the state’s present legal parameters. This was the former governor’s second attempt in less than 24 hours to change her stance after first supporting the verdict, telling NBC News on Wednesday that “embryos, to me, are babies.”
“I think the court was doing it based on the law, and I think Alabama needs to go back and look at the law,” Haley said Thursday on CNN, noting that the shutdown of three fertility clinics in Alabama in the immediate aftermath of the verdict were particularly alarming.

In the NBC News interview, Haley discussed her own fertility issues.
“I underwent artificial insemination. “That’s how I had my son,” she explained. “One option is to save sperm or eggs. But when you talk about an embryo, that to me is a life. So I understand where they’re coming from when they talk about it.”

Nikki Haley says she believes embryos are children but disagrees with the Alabama Supreme Court decision.

In an appearance on CNN’s “King Charles,” Haley denied she had ever “agreed” with the court verdict, after her initial reaction raised questions.

“The question I was asked was, ‘Do you believe an embryo is a baby?’ “I believe that according to the definition, an embryo is an unborn baby,” Haley stated.
When pressed by Tapper on Thursday about her claim that the Alabama decision was caused by the law rather than the court, Haley said she was unaware of the religious language used by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker, who wrote in the majority opinion: “Human life cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God.”

Haley stated that she “had not heard” those statements, but that they “certainly” appeared to suggest Parker’s own religious beliefs had an impact on his viewpoint.

The Alabama landmark verdict sent shockwaves across the country, heightening the stakes in an abortion debate that has dominated American politics since the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in June 2022. The Supreme Court’s decision to repeal federal abortion safeguards and place the matter in the hands of the states triggered an instant rush by conservative politicians to establish or enforce previously dormant legislation prohibiting abortion early in almost all pregnancies.

The uproar to Roe’s decision was virtually immediate and cut across party lines. First, Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have empowered state legislators to prohibit the practice. Since then, abortion opponents have routinely defeated similar ballot measures and elections that Democrats have attempted to transform into de facto referendums on abortion rights.

Former President Donald Trump, whose choice of three conservative Supreme Court judges paved the path for Roe’s reversal, has not spoken on the Alabama case, highlighting the tense politics surrounding a subject that Trump and other Republicans have attempted to downplay or dismiss.

President Joe Biden and prominent Democrats swiftly condemned the Alabama decision, calling it “the blueprint” for Republicans’ “extreme MAGA reproductive agenda.”

Nikki Haley says she believes embryos are children but disagrees with the Alabama Supreme Court decision.

“What is happening in Alabama right now is only possible because Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justices overturned Roe v. Wade,” Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a statement Thursday, before warning that Trump, if elected again, would “impose his extreme anti-freedom agenda on the entire country.”

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke similarly, telling reporters that the Alabama verdict constituted “exactly the type of chaos that we expected when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.”

Biden has previously stated that Republican politicians are pushing radical abortion views, while also urging Congress to codify the Roe v. Wade protections.

Vice President Kamala Harris, for her part, has been a vocal advocate for reproductive health care. Harris discussed the issue Thursday at a roundtable in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the latest stop of her nationwide “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” Tour.

“Freedom is fundamental to the promise of America,” she went on to say. “Since that (Dobbs) ruling came down, we have seen states across our country – thankfully not in Michigan – but states across our country proposing and passing laws that criminalize doctors and nurses.”

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