Romney expresses opposition to Alabama abortion ban

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: 'Putin and Kim Jong Un deserve a censure rather than flattery' A US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview that aired Sunday that he does not support Alabama's abortion ban because he believes there should be exceptions for cases of rape and incest. 

"I don't support the Alabama law," said said during an appearance on CNN"s "State of the Union." "I believe that there ought to be exceptions...for rape and incest and where the life of the mother is at risk."



"You're seeing laws on both sides of this argument that are in the extreme," he added "I don't think that's productive, I think something much more toward the center makes a lot more sense." 


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) last week signed a bill into law to outlaw abortion except for when there are threats to the mother's life. The legislation does not have exceptions for cases of rape and incest and is the most restrictive in the country.

Romney joined other prominent Republicans in calling for the exceptions, including President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE, who said he supports exceptions for rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielStacey Abrams responds to RNC chairwoman: 'Concession means to say that the process was fair' GOP chairwoman says Trump raised M in Hamptons 'thanks to the unhinged mob' Trump, RNC sue to block California law requiring release of tax returns MORE, who is Romney's niece, also said she supports exceptions for rape and incest.