GOP Candidates Told To “Grow A Backbone”

( – One year has passed since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, a reversal that gave the power to regulate abortion back to the individual states. Now, an evangelical leader has called on conservatives to toughen up.

Evangelical leader and founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), Ralph Reed, called on Republican candidates to “grow a backbone,” saying that the coalition needs to “explain to them that they should not be on the defensive” when it comes to abortion. The FFC’s annual conference took place on June 22-24, with the last day falling on the date of the historic Supreme Court decision. Republican candidates for President of the United States spoke at the conference, with former Vice President Mike Pence calling on all contenders in the race to back a nationwide “ban on abortion before 15 weeks.”

Immediately following Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe in 2022, some states enacted trigger laws that were on hold because of Roe, while other states pushed to codify abortion into their constitutions.

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called for the passage of federal legislation to ban abortion nationwide shortly after the Dobbs decision, although many lawmakers believe that the federal government should not intervene on the matter.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is the only Republican presidential candidate polling above single digits besides former President Trump, also spoke at the conference, discussing the 6-week abortion ban that he recently signed into law. He defended his decision, possibly due to comments from former President Trump, who recently said that “many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh.”

Senator Tim Scott also gave a speech to the crowd on the first day of the conference, where he spent several minutes highlighting the radical left position on abortion. He blasted the comments from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about the need for abortion to allow more women to participate in the workforce, while also taking aim at President Barack Obama for attacking Scott’s optimistic views of the United States. Former President Trump’s speech was the main event for the conference, as his historic Supreme Court appointments made the overturning of Roe v. Wade a reality.

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