A new report from Axios highlights that Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, and Ohio all have one critical thing in common: they are battleground states where Republican U.S. Senate candidates support outlawing abortion — even in cases of rape and incest.
While a new National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) memo instructs 2022 U.S. Senate candidates to lie about and conceal their true positions on outlawing abortion — Herschel Walker (R-GA), David McCormick (R-PA), Mehmet Oz (R-PA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Chuck Morse (R-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and JD Vance (R-OH) are making no effort to cover up their support for hardline near-total abortion bans.
- In Georgia, Herschel Walker has stated that “he believes abortion should be illegal, including in instances of rape and incest.”
- In Pennsylvania, David McCormick is “fully against all scenarios involving abortion” and his primary opponent Mehmet Oz has flip-flopped on the issue, now saying he supports a hardline near-total abortion ban.
- In North Carolina, Ted Budd “has left the door open to banning abortion in cases where a mother’s life could be at risk as well as in cases of rape and incest.”
- In New Hampshire, Chuck Morris “helped write and pass a state budget that included a ban on abortions,” without regard for cases of rape, incest, or fetal viability.
- In Ohio, J.D. Vance “doesn’t think rape and incest exceptions are necessary” and has even called rape “inconvenient.”
Critically, should the Supreme Court’s Republican appointees go through with their plan to overturn Roe v. Wade, any of these candidates, if elected, could cast the deciding vote in support of Senate Republicans’ plan to ban abortion at the federal level — something that Mitch McConnell has indicated is on the table.
Read the full report from Axios here.