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Anti-Abortion Rights Groups Push GOP To Rethink Rape And Incest Exceptions

After Alabama passed a restrictive abortion law, anti-abortion rights groups are asking Republican officials to "reconsider decades-old talking points."
Students and activists carry signs during the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. Source: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET

Opponents of abortion rights have a long history of supporting abortion bans with three major exceptions: rape, incest, or when a woman's life is at risk.

But, fueled by momentum from the passage of a restrictive abortion law in Alabama, a coalition of anti-abortion rights groups released a letter Wednesday asking Republican officials to "reconsider decades-old talking points" on exceptions to such laws.

"We understand that issues like rape and incest are difficult topics to tackle; nevertheless, it is our view that the value of human life is not determined by the circumstances of one's conception or birth," said a draft of the letter provided to NPR by Students for

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