Republicans for South Dakota’s Abortion Ban

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Further evidence that John McCain is no “moderate”:

A spokesperson said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would have signed the South Dakota [abortion] legislation, “but [he] would also take the appropriate steps under state law — in whatever state — to ensure that the exceptions of rape, incest or life of the mother were included.”

But, of course, the just-signed law criminalizing virtually all abortions in the state doesn’t contain exceptions for rape or incest (it does, however, as Digby notes, contain a “sodomized virgin exception”). And McCain’s not the only one: Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) and Sen. George Allen (R-VA)—both top contenders for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2008—are also endorsing the coat-hanger law.

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