Lawmakers Who Stalled Abortion Bill Warned About ‘Political Retribution’

GOP lawmakers who helped stall a controversial late-term abortion bill are getting hit with a stiff backlash — including warnings about primary challenges.

“I believe in political retribution, otherwise you might as well close up shop,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told The Hill.

The GOP-backed legislation expected to be passed Thursday was suddenly pulled from consideration late Wednesday over concerns by some female Republican lawmakers about a provision mandating rape victims to report the crime before obtaining the procedure.

“I think that there probably will be [primary challenges],” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a religious political group in Washington, told The Hill.

“I think there will be some consequences for this.”

South Carolina Republican strategist Luke Byars told The Hill conservatives in his early-voting presidential state have long memories.

“If you’re an active member of the evangelical community and frustrated and feel like things are not moving fast enough, you want to take it out on someone,” he told The Hill. “I think House leadership is going to have to answer for that.”