RFK Jr. says women can have abortions up till birth, surprising his VP

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says that girls ought to be capable to determine to get an abortion at any time throughout being pregnant — stunning his running mate Nicole Shanahan, who tried to say “that isn’t Bobby’s place” on a latest podcast.

“Each abortion is a tragedy. Lots of them go away everlasting trauma on a girl. However I feel, in the end, I don’t belief authorities to have a jurisdiction over individuals’s our bodies,” Kennedy advised former ESPN anchor Sage Steele on an episode of her eponymous podcast, which aired Wednesday.

“I don’t suppose any lady has ever, ever in historical past, has mentioned ‘I’m going to have a child — I’m going to get pregnant and carry that child to eight months of time period after which I’m going to terminate the being pregnant,’” the 70-year-old continued. “I don’t suppose anyone needs to do this.”

“I don’t belief the state and I feel we have to belief the lady,” Kennedy concluded.

Kennedy argued girls ought to in the end have the selection for an abortion all through the complete being pregnant. Sage Steele Podcast

Days earlier, Shanahan had given her personal tackle Kennedy’s abortion rights views on the identical podcast.

“I spoke to Bobby about this, and on the finish of the day, he says ‘Sure, this can be a lady’s selection, interval.’ And I mentioned, ‘Even up till start?’ And ‘sure’ was his reply,” Steele advised Shanahan in an episode that aired May 1.

“Oh!” Shanahan exclaimed earlier than saying that “for this reason girls needs to be having this dialog.”

Shanahan claimed she and Kennedy had agreed that there needs to be limits on abortion. USA TODAY

“That isn’t Bobby’s place, not less than so far as I perceive it,” she went on. “My understanding with Bobby’s place is that, you recognize, each abortion is a tragedy, is a lack of life.”

“My understanding is that he completely believes in limits on abortion, and we’ve talked about this,” Shanahan added. “I don’t suppose, I don’t know the place that got here from.”

Kennedy’s working mate then steered there might have been “miscommunication” between Kennedy and Steele, and that she thinks he meant “it ought to all the time really feel like a girl’s option to the ultimate second.”

Kennedy has supplied a spread of views on abortion all through his marketing campaign, together with saying he would assist a federal abortion ban after three months, inflicting his crew to backtrack his personal statements.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (R) and his vice presidential choose Nicole Shanahan wave throughout a marketing campaign occasion to announce his choose for working mate on March 26, 2024 in Oakland, California. Getty Pictures for The Democratic Nationwide Committee

“I imagine a choice to abort a toddler needs to be as much as the ladies throughout the first three months of life,” Kennedy advised NBC whereas talking on the Iowa State Truthful in August 2023. “As soon as a toddler is viable, outdoors the womb, I feel then the state has an curiosity in defending the kid.”

His marketing campaign claimed on the time he had “misunderstood” the query and issued a retraction.

“Mr. Kennedy’s place on abortion is that it’s all the time the lady’s proper to decide on,” his marketing campaign mentioned in a press release, according to Politico. “He doesn’t assist laws banning abortion.”

Kennedy’s marketing campaign web site describes his coverage on abortion as “extra selections, extra life,” and says girls needs to be given extra financial alternatives to afford childcare.

“As President, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will make it simpler for girls to decide on life. He’ll give them extra selections than they’ve at present, we’ll see rather a lot fewer abortions, and much more flourishing households,” the website reads.

“Mr. Kennedy believes that abortion is a tragedy, and that late-term abortions are horrifying,” marketing campaign press secretary Stefanie Spear advised The Put up Thursday.

“He believes that the mom has the ultimate say, and ethical duty, in such choices. He’s dedicated to lowering the abortion charge by supporting moms and households and implementing universally inexpensive little one care.”

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