FILE - In this Wednesday, May 22, 2019, file photo, Beck Gerritson, president of Eagle Forum of Alabama, speaks at an anti-abortion rally outside the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates passage of sweeping bans in several states, a rift is widening between activists who oppose exceptions for rape and incest, and other abortion opponents, including many Republican politicians, who support those exceptions. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)

Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

May 24, 2019 - 4:20 am

Even as abortion opponents celebrate passage of tough bans in several states, they are divided over making exceptions for victims of rape and incest.

Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, support such exceptions.

The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those fearing a no-exception stance could hurt the GOP's election prospects.

A 2018 Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans support exceptions for rape and incest.

Divisions over rape and incest exceptions have existed within the anti-abortion movement for many years, but have become more apparent this year as several states in the South and Midwest enacted tough bans on abortion.