RFK Jr. Says Abortions Up To Birth Are Fine

Abortions at full-term sound very okay to Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

During an interview on “The Sage Steele Show,” podcaster and former ESPN host Sage Steele asked, “Should there be a limit or you’re saying all the way up to full term, a woman has a right to have an abortion?”

In response, Kennedy said, “I don’t think any woman through history has ever said I’m going to have a baby; I’m going to get pregnant and carry that baby to eight months of term and then I’m gonna terminate the pregnancy. I don’t think anybody wants to do that.”

When Steele pointed out that it has “happened too many times to count,” Kennedy said, “I’m sure that has happened; I would say that in almost all those cases there’s extenuating circumstances.”

“But who knows? Especially when there’s drugs involved and people aren’t thinking clearly. At the end of the day, it is happening,” Steele stated, to which Kennedy argued, “What I’m saying is I don’t think any woman sets out saying, ‘I’m going to carry a baby for eight months and abort him.’”

“Sure, but they could change their minds at eight months. And this is what they’ve seen,” Steele weighed in, asking, “So should they be allowed to do it full-term?”

Kennedy, in his response, said, “Again, I respect people who — I think there’s a very, very good argument, a compelling argument that the state has [an] interest in protecting a fully-formed fetus; I absolutely think that that argument is very convincing.”

“Again, I’m down to the fact that I don’t trust the state and I think we need to trust the woman. And I don’t think that that’s a satisfactory outcome, because I think there’s always gonna be instances where bad things happen…Either way, there’s gonna be bad things that happen,” he added.

When Steele asked if the issue of abortion is better off being determined by the states, Kennedy said he believes it should be completely up to the woman.

“I would say it’s up to the woman. We shouldn’t have government involved,” he said, clarifying later that the woman should be in charge on an abortion “even if it’s full-term.”

Kennedy’s claim shocked his vice presidential running mate Nicole Shanahan, who tried to say later that “that is not Bobby’s position, at least as far as I understand it.”

“My understanding with Bobby’s position is that, you know, every abortion is a tragedy, is a loss of life,” she continued, adding, “My understanding is that he absolutely believes in limits on abortion, and we’ve talked about this. I do not think, I don’t know where that came from.”