Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy emphasized his “unapologetically pro-life” stance this week after his interaction with a pro-abortion protester at a campaign event went viral.
Speaking with Fox News on Tuesday, the millionaire businessman and author said he disagreed with the woman about abortion laws, but found “some common ground” with her about the importance of valuing mothers and children.
“She started with a position that appeared to be my body, my choice, referring to the pro-choice position. But the reality was by the end of it, she was actually talking more about family care and childcare …” he said. “She’s a mother who brought a kid into this world. We need more of that, not less. … I think we were able to find some common ground.”
Ramaswamy told the news outlet that he is “unapologetically pro-life” and unborn babies are valuable.
“I do believe that unborn life is life. And I don’t believe that the right path forward for us is to compromise on our principles. I think the right path forward is for us to be uncompromising about the principles that we believe in while also finding ways to address the concerns that we can address without compromising,” he said.
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However, the Republican candidate also admitted he does not believe the federal government should pass laws that ban aborting unborn babies.
Ramaswamy said he believes abortion “is an issue for the states,” and he has been consistent with that position.
In an April interview with Fox News, he said he supports states banning abortions after six weeks with limited exceptions and would voice his support for such laws if elected president. However, he also insisted that “federal government should be out of this.”
He made a similar comment to CNN in May: “I don’t believe a federal abortion ban makes any sense, and I say that as somebody who’s pro-life. This is not an issue for the federal government. It is an issue for the states. I think we need to be explicit about that. If murder laws are handled at the state level, and abortion is a form of murder in the pro-life view, then it makes no sense for that to be the one federal law.”
The issue of a federal limit on elective abortions is controversial among Republican presidential candidates, with some supporting legislation such as a ban on abortions after 15 weeks and others saying states alone should decide abortion laws.
Other candidates who have announced Republican presidential bids include former Presidential Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, former North Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
The American people do not support abortions up to birth, paid for with their tax dollars, and that is the position of President Joe Biden. Numerous polls show strong public opposition to taxpayer funding for elective abortions and strong public support for laws that limit abortions, especially after the first trimester.