Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) opposes nationwide laws curbing abortion rights, believing the difficulty ought to be left to the purview of the states.
Youngkin, who has mentioned he’s a “pro-life governor,” is pushing laws in Virginia to outlaw abortion at 15 weeks whereas allowing exceptions for rape, incest, and dangers to the mom’s well being. He’s hopeful a invoice may move when the state legislature reconvenes in January. However Youngkin is in opposition to federal intervention to limit abortion rights in states ruled by Democrats. That features opposing Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposal to outlaw the process nationally after 15 weeks of being pregnant.
“We discover [ourselves] in a scenario right this moment reflecting what I consider was an excellent choice from the Supreme Court docket to remand, to the states, the correct to make these selections,” Youngkin, a possible 2024 presidential contender, mentioned Friday in Austin, Texas, throughout an hourlong Texas Tribune Competition interview. “I felt that the choice was appropriate. This can be a choice that ought to be made by voters — by residents.”
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In late June, the Supreme Court docket gave its ruling for Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group, overturning Roe v. Wade and eliminating federal protections for abortion rights.
Democrats help expansive abortion rights. That features permitting entry to the process late within the third trimester of being pregnant, up till the purpose of delivery. Youngkin acknowledged that his dedication to states’ rights would allow such abortions to proceed in blue states, which within the wake of the Dobbs ruling have touted themselves as a sanctuary for ladies who want entry to the process however are prohibited from accessing it the place they dwell.
“I wish to remind everyone, I’m a homegrown Virginian. And there have been just a few influential Virginians who had been current on the founding of this nice nation, one in every of which was a gentleman named Thomas Jefferson. And I consider in states’ rights,” Youngkin mentioned. “The federal authorities persistently overreaches. … States, in actual fact, have the power to cope with these points primarily based on their voters’ wishes. So, that is a type of circumstances.”
Youngkin received the governor’s mansion in Virginia final November, capturing a blue state that supported President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump by 10 share factors simply 12 months earlier.