Tim Scott: supports 15-week ban
Sen. Tim Scott, who has been polling around 3%, has said he is pro-life and would support a 15-week ban on abortion and the strongest pro-life legislation that can make it through Congress.
A spokesperson for Scott’s campaign referred to comments the senator made in a Des Moines Register op-ed from late June when reached by CNA.
“I am 100% pro-life,” Scott said. “When I am president of the United States, I will sign the most pro-life legislation the House and Senate can put on my desk. We should begin with a 15-week national limit. Poll after poll shows that a clear majority of Americans oppose abortion in the second trimester and agree it should be restricted. Which raises the real question: Why is the radical left OK with aborting babies up until the day they are born?”
Scott reiterated his support for a 15-week ban in a post on X.
“Republicans should not be retreating on life,” Scott said. “We need a national 15-week limit to stop blue states from pushing abortion on demand. … Without life, nothing else matters.”
Vivek Ramaswamy: does not support 15-week ban
Political outsider and American businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who has garnered sporadic poll results as low as 2% and as high as 10%, is one of the few Republican candidates to firmly reject a 15-week ban on abortion.
Although Ramaswamy said during the All-in podcast in late July that he is personally pro-life and that he believes the U.S. Supreme Court was correct to overturn Roe V. Wade, he also added that he does not think abortion is a federal issue.
“I think the federal government should stay out of it,” Ramaswamy said. “...I think I’m the only Republican candidate in this field who has come out and said that I would not support a federal abortion ban of any kind.”
Ramaswamy added that his opposition to federal abortion restrictions is “on principled ground.”
“I am grounded on constitutional principles and I think there’s no legal basis for the federal government to legislate it,” Ramaswamy said. “The 10th Amendment says that part of the American experiment is that we have diversity across states and I think this is a state’s issue.”
However, he added that if a legal scholar convinces him that “the constitution gives the federal government the authority to sign that into law, so be it.”
CNA could not reach the Ramaswamy campaign prior to publication.
Chris Christie: Does not support 15-week ban
The former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who has mostly polled around 3% or lower, has said abortion policy is a state issue instead of a federal one, but that he would be open to federal policy if the national consensus changes.
When asked whether Christie would support a 15-week ban, a campaign spokesperson referred CNA to comments the former governor made on ABC This Week in late June.
“Conservatives, like me, for the last 50 years, have been arguing this is not a federal issue,” Christie said. “It's a state issue, and it's something the states should decide. The Dobbs case one year ago gave us the opportunity to let each state make this decision.”
Christie added that he would be open to the federal government enacting policy if the national consensus changes.
“We then could see a national consensus develop,” Christie said. “If the national consensus develops, I have no problem with the federal government then stepping in and confirming that national consensus. But I think we should allow the states and the people of the states to be heard on this issue. It's an incredibly important issue.”
Doug Burgum: Does not support 15-week ban
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who is consistently polling at 1% or lower, has vowed that he would not support an abortion ban at the federal level even though he signed a near-total ban on the procedure as governor.
Burgum has said he supports the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and has on several occasions said that he would not sign a federal abortion ban and that he believes abortion restrictions should be decided at the state level. In an interview with Meet the Press in mid-July, the governor reiterated this position.
“This is the decision that should be left to the states,” the governor said. “And what’s going to pass in North Dakota is not ever going to pass in California and New York, and wouldn’t even pass in the state of Minnesota.…That’s why I’m on the record saying that I would not sign a federal abortion ban.”
The Burgum campaign did not respond to requests for comment from CNA.