GOP sees 'opportunity' to outlaw abortion under Trump, says political editor

Political editor Sophia Tesfaye on Wednesday told Hill.TV that Republicans see an opportunity to move on the issue of abortion under President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE.

"For years they've been told that Republicans won't actually follow through on their campaign promises to attack Roe v. Wade all the way up to the Supreme Court, and Donald Trump promised that," Tesfaye, deputy politics editor at Salon.com, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"He campaigned on that, he got the evangelical votes on that and he continues to hold their support on that basis," she added. "I think they see that this is their opportunity and they have to strike when the iron's hot."

Tesfaye's comments came a day after the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions, including cases of rape and incest. The bill now heads to Gov. Kay Ivey's (R) desk and is expected to be signed into law.

Sixteen states have passed or are considering bills that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens around six weeks into a pregnancy.

Trump has campaigned on the issue of abortion, and fulfilled a major campaign promise in appointing two conservatives -- Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE -- to the Supreme Court.

The abortion bills and the conservative-leaning Supreme Court have prompted fears among liberals that Roe v. Wade, the court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, could be overturned in the near future.

— Julia Manchester