Abortion after 20 weeks, when an unborn child can feel pain, is extreme.
Most Americans favor ending such late term abortions. Conor Lamb does not.
Keith Rothfus is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation for his record of protecting the unborn.
Keith opposes late term abortions. Conor Lamb supports late term abortion.
Read Lamb’s words for yourself…
Conor Lamb, Catholic Democrat, Says He’d Vote Against 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Weekly Standard
February 27, 2018 at 4:50 AM
By Haley Byrd
CALLERY, PA: Conor Lamb, a moderate Democrat vying to win the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th District, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD on Monday that he does not support proposals to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which fetuses can feel pain.
“I’d have voted against it,” Lamb answered when asked how he would vote on such a bill. Lamb added that he would not describe his beliefs as “pro-life.”
“I just want to say, I don’t use the term ‘pro-life’ to describe what I personally believe, because that’s a political term. It’s not one that you learn in Catholic school or anywhere else in the church,” he said.
Lamb is running in a Republican-dominated district, which Tim Murphy had served since 2003 and which Donald Trump won by 20 points. But this race is close with just more than two weeks to go: A recent Monmouth University poll showed Republican Rick Saccone leading Lamb by just three points. Murphy resigned in October when it was reported that he had an extramarital affair and encouraged the woman with whom he was involved to get an abortion after she told him she believed she was pregnant.
Lamb has said throughout the campaign that he is personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith, but he has indicated that belief would not translate into legislative action.
“We believe that life begins at conception,” he said, “but as a matter of separation of church and state, I think a woman has the right to choose under the law, so I would vote against” a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.
Other Catholic Democrats from conservative areas, such as Sen. Bob Casey (also from Pennsylvania), have supported similar legislation. In January, Casey joined with two of his Democratic colleagues to vote for Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which included exceptions for instances of rape and incest.
The bill won a simple majority of 51 votes, but came nine short of the 60 votes required to pass the Senate.
HALEY BYRD is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.