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Kennedy resolutely supports abortion until birth

by | May 10, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

In a backhanded sort of way, you have to give Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. credit. Whereas other candidates—see President Joe Biden—will talk about a “woman’s right to choose” when their actual position is unlimited abortion paid for by you and me, Kennedy says forthrightly he believes in abortion until birth!

And rather than softening his position, hiding in euphemisms, Kennedy straightforwardly defends his position as recently as this Wednesday.

On Wednesday’s edition of Sage Steele’s podcast, Kennedy spelled out his position in the clearest terms.

He said he believes “there is a compelling argument that the state has a interest in protecting a fully formed fetus,” but adding second later “again I come down to the fact that I don’t trust the state, and I think we need to trust the woman.”

Steele ask, “So, in other words, keeping it is as it with Roe v. Wade having been overturned and leaving it up to the states to determine if and when a woman can have abortion?”

 

Kennedy: “No, I wouldn’t leave it to the states.”

 

Steele: “You would say it’s up to the woman.”

 

Kennedy: “I believe you should leave it to the woman. We shouldn’t have government involved.”

 

Steele: “Even if it’s full term?”

 

Pause

 

Kennedy: “Even if it’s full term.”

NBC News’s  Katherine Koretski reported yesterday

The comments appeared to come as a surprise to Nicole Shanahan, Kennedy’s running mate. A week prior to the release of Kennedy’s conversation with Steele, Shanahan was featured in a podcast episode with the host. Steele asked Shanahan if she agreed with Kennedy’s belief that a woman should have the option to have an abortion at full term, to which Shanahan responded with surprise.

 

“My understanding with Bobby’s position is that, you know, every abortion is a tragedy, is a loss of life,” Shanahan said. “My understanding is that he absolutely believes in limits on abortion, and we’ve talked about this. I do not think, I don’t know where that came from.”

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Kennedy has been consistent: Kennedy does not support legal protections for unborn children at any stage.

He told journalist Peter Bergen, “I’ve seen late-term abortion pictures and they’re horrifying. So, I understand the people who want them banned, but I also am too skeptical of government to believe that it should be the one that should be dictating bodily decisions.”

You can read a summary of Kennedy’s statements on abortion here.

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