Sunday, during an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, fresh off her China trip, took a few moments to criticize Alabama's restrictions on elective, on-demand abortions.

Raimondo told host Dana Bash that Alabama's approach to protecting the life of the unborn would "backfire."

"Before I let you go, I want to ask you about the issue of abortion because, in Alabama, which has one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country, the attorney general says he has the right to prosecute anyone who helps a pregnant woman travel to get an out-of-state abortion," CNN host Dana Bash said. "As the commerce secretary, what can or should the Biden administration do to stop that?"

"So, let me say, this is obviously not an area that I'm focused on as commerce secretary," Raimondo replied. "I'm very proud of the president for standing up for women and women's access to health care. And I will tell you, as a business issue, the moves that Republicans are making are wrongheaded. Apart from the fact that women deserve full access to the full range of health care that they deserve, businesses aren't going to want to do business in states that are hostile to women. And so I think that a very poor decision just from a business matter, right? Businesses want to do business in places where there's top talent and in places where you can get women to work in — the best, most talented women to work in businesses."

"And I think that they're going to see these draconian, wrongheaded actions as it relates to reproductive health care are going to backfire as it relates to their ability to attract talent and attract business," she added.

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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