For Senator Elizabeth Warren, the moment brought up memories of "back alley butchers" and "desperate women." Senator Kamala Harris compared it to "a scene from The Handmaid's Tale." And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warned about a "war on women," calling for Americans to "fight like hell."

Female presidential candidates have charged into the battle over the new Alabama law that would, barring legal challenges, effectively outlaw abortions in the state, condemning it just minutes after the state Senate's passage and continuing to sound the alarm as Governor Kay Ivey signed it Wednesday. Their swift responses were in contrast to those of

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