Abortion Elections Maya Boddie

RFK Jr. Would Back National Abortion Ban After Three Months of Pregnancy: Report

Robert Kennedy Jr. in Urbana, IL Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Daniel Schwen on Oct 14, 2007.

By Maya Boddie / AlterNet

ScheerPost editor’s note: Since the publishing of this article, the RFK Jr. campaign has issued a press release in response to this NBC interview stating:

Today [Aug.13], Mr. Kennedy misunderstood a question posed to him by an NBC reporter in a crowded, noisy exhibit hall at the Iowa State Fair. Mr. Kennedy’s position on abortion is that it is always the woman’s right to choose. He does not support legislation banning abortion.

Conspiracy theorist and 2024 Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., confirmed Sunday that he would back a national abortion ban after first three months of pregnancy, NBC exclusively reports.

Despite Kennedy’s choice to identify as a Democrat, the Democratic hopeful’s more conservative opinions have landed him on Republicans like Florida governor and 2024 Republican candidate Ron DeSantis’ radar.

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DeSantis, who passed a six-week abortion ban in the Sunshine State this year, has said he would consider appointing Kennedy to lead either the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if elected president.

During an NBC News interview at the Iowa State Fair Sunday, Kennedy said, “I believe a decision to abort a child should be up to the women during the first three months of life. Once a child is viable, outside the womb, I think then the state has an interest in protecting the child. I’m for medical freedom. Individuals are able to make their own choices.”

NBC reports that when the presidential hopeful was “pressed” further on the matter, he confirmed that he would sign “a federal ban at 15 or 21 weeks.”

The New Republic reports, “An overwhelming majority of Americans—62 percent, to be exact—still think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to the Pew Research Center. What’s more, people consistently vote in favor of increasing abortion rights protections.”

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Maya Boddie

Maya Boddie is a political reporter, an advocate for justice and the evening and weekend editor for AlterNet. Read more from her at the link below.

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