In this Thursday, May 23, 2019, photo, Nancy St Germain, 71, right, of Warwick, R.I., leans forward to show her sign to a driver leaving a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Senate Democrats political action committee in Providence, R.I. Her sign reads, "This fight isn't over." Protesters gathered at the fundraiser to pressure legislative leaders to bring a bill seeking to protect abortion rights to the Senate floor for a vote. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)

Democratic-led states divided over approach on abortion

May 27, 2019 - 10:26 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Republican-led legislatures have had a highly successful year, passing measurers that would ban or significantly limit abortions beginning early in a woman's pregnancy. So what about the states controlled politically by Democrats?

The answer is mixed and reflects how the abortion debate has not played out neatly in the Democratic Party, much to the disappointment of abortion-rights supporters.

While some Democratic-led states are moving forward with abortion protections, similar bills have stalled in others, including Rhode Island, New Mexico and Hawaii.

Like their Republican counterparts, some Democratic lawmakers cite religious objections to explain their votes against codifying access to abortion.

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