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News Press Releases RFK Jr. Abortion Monday, May 13 2024

ICYMI: RFK Jr.’s Own Campaign Can’t Keep Track of His Abortion Position

May 13, 2024

This past weekend, CBS News highlighted RFK Jr.’s constant flip-flops on reproductive rights. Last year, RFK Jr. said he would sign a national abortion ban as president. Since then, he’s changed his position multiple times on the record, confusing his own running mate and causing his own campaign staff to criticize him publicly.

RFK Jr. has come under fire in recent weeks for dismissing the importance of reproductive rightsrepeating lies about abortion providers systematically targeting Black women, and selecting an anti-IVF running mate.

Learn more about RFK Jr.’s latest flip-flop on abortion:

  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. once again reversed his stance on government limits for abortion access in a social media post Friday evening, prompted by criticism from within his own campaign.
  • During an interview with podcaster Sage Steele, a former ESPN host, Kennedy Wednesday said he opposed any government restrictions on abortions, “even if it’s full term.”
  • But after facing pressure from his campaign staff, Kennedy walked back his previous statement, taking to social media to write that “abortion should be legal up until a certain number of weeks, and restricted thereafter.”
  • Kennedy’s sudden reversal on abortion rights follows a social media post from campaign advisor and far-right anti-abortion activist Angela Stanton King, who said she was surprised to learn of Kennedy’s support for late-term abortions after his Wednesday night appearance. She then said she would follow up with the candidate.
  • Hours before Kennedy released his latest stance on abortion rights, Stanton King posted a video on X in which she said that “after a bunch of going back and forth, and not only by me, but also people on the campaign, we’ve all come to the agreement that late-term abortion is not something that this campaign is going to support.”
  • Nicole Shanahan, his running mate, had her own sit-down with Steele, which was released a week earlier than Kennedy’s interview. Shanahan revealed that she was not aware Kennedy was against limits on abortion.
  • In response to the inconsistency between Kennedy and Shanahan, the campaign told CBS News in a statement Thursday that Kennedy believed, “the mother has the final say,” before Kennedy changed his mind again Friday night.
  • This isn’t the first instance of Kennedy flip-flopping on his stance regarding limits for abortions. Last year, Kennedy initially told NBC News at the Iowa State Fair that he would support a federal ban on abortion after three months of pregnancy. Hours later, his campaign released a statement clarifying that Kennedy does not support legislation banning abortion.

Read the entire CBS News article here. 

Published: May 13, 2024 | Last Modified: May 15, 2024

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