J.D. Vance: “I’m Pro-Life. We Should Not be Aborting Babies”

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 2, 2022   |   2:41PM   |   Columbus, Ohio

Ohio’s U.S. Senate candidates took to the stage in a town hall Tuesday hosted by Fox News and Republican candidate J.D. Vance made his pro-life views clear.

Vance condemned abortion — particularly late-term abortions.

“I am pro-life. We need a minimum federal standard. We should not be aborting babies who can feel pain, who are fully formed,” he said.

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Earlier this month, Vance pointed out that Tim Ryan supports aborting unborn babies for “fully elective reasons” through all nine months of pregnancy.

During a debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Vance, a pro-life Republican, said Ryan’s voting record is out of touch even with many Democrat voters, including people in his own family. The two are competing for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio.

“I was raised by a woman, the woman who saved my life,” Vance said, according to a RNC video from the debate. “My mamaw was … an old-school Democrat who believed abortion should be safe, legal and rare. That’s not Congressman Ryan’s view.

“He voted for a piece of legislation that would have overturned Roe and required abortion-on-demand at 40 weeks for fully elective reasons,” he continued.

Vance said Ryan even voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which requires abortion workers to provide basic medical care to babies who survive abortions.

The Republican candidate also spoke compassionately about struggling families and the need to provide better support to help mothers choose life for their babies.

“I grew up in a poor family in a poor community,” Vance said, according to a video shared by SBA Pro-Life America. “I saw a lot of young women have abortions when I was growing up. One of the things that always struck me is it felt like a lot of those young women didn’t have options. They felt like they didn’t have the health care they needed. We need to fix that. They felt like having a baby so early would have ruined their career, their personal lives. We’ve got to fix that, too.”

When asked about a federal 15-week abortion ban, Vance said he is pro-life and he supports federal and state legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion, Fox 8 reports.

“Ohio’s going to want to have different abortion laws than California, than Texas. I think Ohio should have that right,” he said. “We’re talking about five-month-old babies, fully formed babies who can feel pain. No civilized country in the world allows elective abortion that late into pregnancy.”

In contrast, Ryan said he wants to codify Roe into federal law through a bill that pro-life leaders nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act.

The legislation, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth, end bans on sex-selection and taxpayer-funded abortions, and get rid of laws requiring parental consent and informed consent.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans oppose such extreme measures and support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester.

Ryan also co-sponsored the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act, which would repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions.

In an August interview with CNN, the Democrat congressman hesitated and struggled to answer questions about restrictions on abortions. He could not name a single abortion limit he would support, such as banning late-term abortions on unborn babies up to birth.