Democrats made abortion centerpiece of midterm message, but many won’t explain their own position
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Several Democrats have attacked Republicans for their pro-life views, but remain silent when asked if they support abortion up until birth, even after showing support for legislation that would allowed “unfettered” abortion.
Fox News Digital reached out to 10 Democratic candidates running for Senate in this year’s midterm elections, asking them if they believe there should be any restrictions on abortion and if they support abortion until birth. Most refused to answer.
A spokesperson for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto told Fox News Digital that asking about partial-birth abortion is a misleading question because “abortion up until the point of live birth is not a thing, according to obstetricians.”
A spokesman for Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, said that “John has been clear that he believes the Supreme Court and the Republicans should have left Roe alone, and the point is that these decisions should be between a woman, her doctor and a God if she prays to one, not politicians. Dr. Oz, on the other hand, said he supports a ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or ‘incest. These dangerous views are deeply out of step. with the people of Pennsylvania.”
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Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Maggie Hassan, NH, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., D-Nev., Rep. Tim Ryan , D-Ohio., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., D-Penn., Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, D-Wis., and North Carolina Senate candidate Cheri Beasley, who all expressed the their support for the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) of 2022, did not respond to Fox News Digital.
The WHPA is pro-abortion legislation introduced by Democrats that would codify Roe and “allow health care providers to provide abortion services without limitations.” Many Republicans have interpreted the legislation as opening the door to late-term or even partial-term abortions, as it makes it impossible to place restrictions on abortion in the first two trimesters of a pregnancy and would make it difficult to restrict abortions after viability.
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The bill stipulated that no government could impose a “prohibition of abortion after fetal viability when, in the good faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the life or health of the pregnant patient”.
The bill passed the House of Representatives in May, but ultimately failed to pass the Senate.
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The bill defined “viability” as a point in pregnancy at which “there is a reasonable probability of sustained fetal survival outside the womb with or without artificial support,” the bill said, and those who have co-sponsored it, support abortion after “.fetal viability,” when the fetus could survive outside the womb.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke was recently asked during a press conference whether he would allow restrictions on abortion, including and up to partial-term abortions. O’Rourke dodged the question, saying, “I trust the woman and her doctors.”
The Partial-Birth Abortion Prohibition Act of 2003 was signed into law by President George W. Bush, banning the procedure defined by Cornell Law School as “an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally gives birth to a live fetus. ,” with, “the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered live fetus; and performs the overt act, other than the termination of the birth, that kills the living fetus partially gives birth; when a fetus partially gives birth.” Recent legislation co-sponsored by Democrats would have allowed abortion procedures without limitations, a law that would have restored abortion up to the time of birth.
Blake Masters, the Trump-endorsed GOP candidate running for Senate in Arizona, released an ad Friday in which he blasted his Democratic opponent’s views on abortion.
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Abortion has become a growing issue in the midterms, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and declared that the Constitution does not confer the right to abortion.
“Mark Kelly is voting for the most extreme abortion laws in the world. We’re talking about no limits, right up to birth,” Masters said in his latest announcement, also mentioning that “the only countries that support their abortion extreme, no limits. politics are China and North Korea.”
Kelly has been open about his pro-abortion views, calling the Supreme Court decision “a giant step back for our country.”
Washington Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley also released an ad Thursday, blasting her midterm opponent, Sen. Murray, for calling her an “extremist” and noting that while she is pro-life, she opposes the federal ban on abortion.
“What’s so extreme? Thirty years in the Senate and nothing to show for it. Patty Murray wants to scare you; I want to serve you.” Smiley said in the ad.
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Abortion was on the ballot in Kansas, where state voters overturned legislation that would have given elected state officials the power to place restrictions on abortion.
During a rally Thursday, President Biden told the crowd that “abortion is on the ballot” and that if Democrats retain the majority this fall, they will “codify Roe.”