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AP reporter rebukes Elizabeth Warren for implying all women support abortion

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Citing demographic data, an Associated Press (AP) reporter contradicted pro-abortion Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said “Republican men are on the march” to end abortion.

On May 15, Sen. Warren released a video to accompany a tweet in which she wrote, “Republican men are on a march toward overturning Roe v. Wade.” The liberal Massachusetts politician wrote: “And thanks to Trump stacking the courts with anti-choice judges, they’re closer than ever. Women are scared, women are angry — and we have a right to be. If you’re an ally of women, now’s the time to make that clear.”

In response, AP news reporter Meg Kinnard tweeted: “There are over 300,000 more female voters in South Carolina than there are men, yet South Carolina overwhelmingly elects candidates who oppose abortion. Regardless of how you stand on the issue, this ‘man vs. woman’ messaging is not based in fact or reality.”

Setting out the stakes for abortion advocates who appear increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump may nominate a pro-life majority to the Supreme Court, Sen. Warren says in her video, “The Alabama bill comes on the heels of restrictive abortion bills in Georgia and in Ohio.” She then adds, “And in the Alabama bill, doctors could get 99 years in prison for performing abortions. Republican men are on the march to overturn Roe v. Wade, and with Donald Trump stacking the courts in favor of judges who are opposed to abortion, that could be a real possibility.”

Statistics show that participation by female voters is high in other states, bolstering Kinnard’s observation. Statistics released by Alabama’s secretary of state, for example, show that in the 2018 general election, 957,451 female voters cast their ballots, as opposed 764,217 male voters. A study by the Pew polling organization showed that participation by female voters in 2018 was approximately 53% of the electorate, which is similar to previous years.

Alabama’s Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law last week the Human Life Protection Act, making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions in most cases. Recognizing the value of unborn human life, the bill allows abortion only in order to “avert [a mother’s] death or serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function” or when a psychiatrist attests to severe mental instability in the mother. The law makes performing an abortion a Class A felony and punishable by up to 99 years in prison, with attempting to commit an abortion classified as a Class C felony.

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Martin M. Barillas

Martin Barillas is a former U.S. diplomat who served at embassies in Europe and South America, and earned a Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of State. After his diplomatic service, he was an advocate for human rights and democracy in Latin America. He is the author of the historical novel "Shaken Earth" and has written and edited investigative reports and breaking news for several websites. Martin and his wife have four children. He is fluent in Spanish.