Republicans In Senate Races Flip-Flop on Abortion

( – As Republicans attempt to gain control of the Senate in November, candidates in the eight most competitive Senate races in the country are changing their views on abortion.

The Republicans in the key Senate races have begun embracing policies that have been championed by Democrats as the issue of abortion has hurt Republican candidates since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

Republican Bernie Moreno, who ran unsuccessfully for an Ohio Senate seat in 2022, described his views on abortion as “absolute pro-life, no exceptions” in 2022. However, his position on the topic has now changed. Though he stated in March that he supported a 15-week national abortion ban, adding that he supports “reasonable exceptions.”

Republican David McCormick, who ran unsuccessfully in 2022 for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, said during a 2022 debate that he only supported exceptions for abortions in the “very rare instances” when the mother’s life was at risk. As he again runs for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, he has called for Americans to “find common ground.” His website acknowledges the law in Pennsylvania, which says abortion is legal until 24 weeks.

Maryland Senate candidate and former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has stated he would vote to codify Roe and vote to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution.

The flip-flop on abortion stances for Republicans came after the 2022 midterms when South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham attempted to get Republicans to agree to run the promise of a 15-week federal abortion ban. However, Democrats in key races, including the swing states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan, used the proposal as a way to say Republicans were limiting a woman’s right to choose, which ultimately cost Republicans seats.

The Senate Republican’s campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Tate Mitchell noted that contrary to what Democrats claim, Republican Senate candidates are opposed to a national ban and support exceptions such as “in the case of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.”

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