Alabamians might ‘hold their nose’ to back Roy Moore for one reason — abortion – World

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Suzanne Michelle can scarcely hold it in any longer when it comes to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. At her Friday Bible study social, the Alabama Democrat is so troubled by Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct involving teen girls that she’s taken to applying Jesus’s teachings to today’s politics.

Michelle, 34, wants to know how anyone, including right-leaning Christians she sometimes socializes with, can square the “biblical truths” by which they all abide with what she sees as a “single-issue voting population.”

“From people who are friends of mine, who have different political ideologies, they hold matters of the soul in super-high regard. And they keep coming down hard on this one single issue,” she said.

“The abortion issue.”

Indeed, while the Dec. 12 special election pitting Moore against former prosecutor Doug Jones may be defined by sexual misconduct, its outcome could be decided by how willing Alabamians are to support a pro-choice candidate in Jones. 

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Suzanne Michelle, a Democrat in Alabama, worries about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct involving teen girls. (Suzanne Michelle)

Conservatives in Dixie are already redefining the neck-and-neck race in their own terms.

In a bizarre display of TV punditry on Tuesday, Moore campaign spokesperson Janet Porter used the example of CNN anchor Poppy Harlow’s pregnancy to argue that the true child abuse issue isn’t that Moore allegedly molested two underage girls when he was in his mid-30s.

“If you care about child abuse,” Porter told the CNN host, “you should be talking about the fact that Judge Moore stands for protection … for the rights of babies like your eight month-baby that you’re carrying now.”

Porter told Harlow that Jones supports being able to “take the life of that baby.”

Harlow, who managed a tight smile through repeated references to her pregnancy, cut back in firmly.

“Let’s leave my child out of this.”

Porter’s CNN segment came the morning after the Republican National Committee turned the funding spigot back on for Moore following U.S. President Donald Trump’s strong endorsement of the former state judge.

As critics accused the Republican Party of forsaking all moral authority for re-embracing Moore, despite congressional leaders saying they believed his accusers’ accounts of sexual assault, the Moore campaign machine continued to torque the right-to-life debate.

Last month, Moore’s wife, Kayla, said Jones is “for full-term abortion,” apparently coining a term for abortions after 20 weeks. Jones has said he supports laws restricting later abortions, unless there’s a medical necessity.

Abortion was declared legal in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade. But Moore’s surrogates, including Porter, are framing the election as a battle for a Republican Senate seat that could help nominate a future pro-life judge to the Supreme Court.

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Moore participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day program in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Nov. 11. U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed the embattled Senate candidate Monday, despite sexual misconduct allegations against Moore. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)

For Jones, winning in Alabama would be a remarkable feat, considering it’s one of the reddest states in the union. Most registered voters (58 per cent) believe abortion should be illegal, according to a CBS/YouGov poll this week.

“I suspect that abortion is not just an important issue, but a vote-determining issue for a lot of Alabama Republicans,” said Joseph Smith, chair of the political science department at the University of Alabama.

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