Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams defended abortions up to birth Wednesday on “The View,” describing her extreme pro-abortion position as “moral” while criticizing Republicans for wanting to ban late-term abortions.
Abrams, a favorite of the left who has lost election after election in Georgia, is running against pro-life Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this fall. If elected, the Democrat candidate said one of her top priorities will be to repeal the state heartbeat law, which bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.
Speaking with ABC’s “The View,” Abrams could not name any limits on abortion that she supports.
“Do you think there should be any legal limits on abortion such as the third trimester or viability?” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin asked the candidate.
Abrams did not give a direct answer, but she made her position clear when she said she supports abortions up “until the time of birth.”
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“Abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision,” Abrams began. “And arbitrary, politically-defined timelines are deeply problematic because they ignore the reality of medical and physiological issues.”
She criticized U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, for introducing legislation Tuesday to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy throughout the U.S. Most countries across the world prohibit abortions after 15 weeks, and polls consistently show a majority of Americans support laws that protect unborn babies from abortion by this point, if not earlier.
However, Abrams said she believes abortions should be legal up to birth.
“I believe it’s a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor, that viability is the metric, and that if a woman’s health or life is in danger then viability extends until the time of birth,” she told The View, according to The Recount.
Abrams claimed most women who abort their unborn babies late in their pregnancies do so only because of tragic circumstances. However, the evidence contradicts her.
A recent study from ANSIRH found that the reasons why women have “third-trimester abortions are not so different from why” women have abortions earlier in pregnancy. And, according to a recent analysis of state abortion data by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, nearly all abortions (more than 95 percent) are elective.
The Associated Press and New York Magazine recently featured stories about women getting elective late-term abortions at 26 weeks and 28 weeks even though both mothers were healthy and carrying healthy babies.
Abrams’ position on abortion is extreme and repugnant to most Americans. She believes it should be legal to kill a viable, late-term unborn baby in an abortion up to birth. Yet, Abrams claimed her position is the moral one.
“The limit should not be made by politicians who don’t understand basic biology or apparently basic morality,” she said, referring to Graham’s pro-life bill.
At 15 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies can suck their thumbs and yawn. Their hearts pump about 26 quarts of blood every day, and they show a preference for their right or left hand. Growing scientific research also indicates unborn babies can feel pain by 15 weeks.
Graham’s bill would protect approximately 55,800 unborn babies annually by prohibiting abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion, and a recent national poll found 75 percent of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.