“We need a 15-week federal limit,” Scott said. “I would certainly as president have a 15-week national limit. I would not allow states like California, Illinois, or New York to have abortion up until the day of birth.”
“Frankly I think it is unethical and immoral to allow abortions up until the day of birth,” he went on, adding that “we have an opportunity in this nation to stop that reckless behavior from states like California, New York, and Illinois.”
Scott also said that he would introduce a parents’ plan that would fund and devote resources to crisis pregnancy centers and adoption. He challenged the other candidates on the stage to support a 15-week national ban, asserting that “three out of four Americans agree with a 15-week limit” and that “47 out of 50 countries in Europe agree” as well.
Haley, meanwhile, said that though she is “unapologetically pro-life,” she believes that the Dobbs v. Jackson decision that overturned Roe v. Wade put the abortion question in the hands of the people.
“I think you have to be honest with the American people. This is a personal issue for every woman and every man,” Haley said. “As much as I’m pro-life, I don’t judge anyone for being pro-choice and I don’t want them to judge me for being pro-life. So when we’re looking at this there’s some states that are going more on the pro-life side, I welcome that. There’s some states that are going more pro-choice, I wish that wasn’t the case, but the people decided.”
“But when it comes to the federal law, be honest, it’s going to take 60 Senate votes, a majority in the House, and a president to sign it,” she said. “So no Republican president can ban abortions any more than a Democrat president can ban these state laws.”