Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds asked her Democrat opponent, Deidre DeJear, if she supports any restrictions on abortion at all, or if she supports abortion up until the moment of birth. DeJear refused to provide any restrictions she supports.
“Do you believe then that a woman can abort a baby right up until its born,” Reynolds asked.
DeJear said it is a “really good question.”
“What I believe is that my personal belief has no space in a woman’s doctor’s appointment,” DeJear said. “When she goes into that doctor to make a decision that’s within her best interest, that that is her decision and my personal beliefs should not be in that room and no other politician’s opinion should be in that room. And I’m coming as a woman of faith. They say in the Bible that the prudent act with knowledge. And what we know now about access to abortions, access to routine reproductive care, is that we have to do a stronger job of applying what we know to the law or getting the law out of it.”
DeJear then told a story about tutoring a young girl who she found out was pregnant. She said you can’t regulate abortion in “black and white” like Gov. Reynolds chooses to do.
“My faith teaches me to trust people,” DeJear said.
Reynolds called out DeJear for supporting late-term abortion. DeJear said it isn’t what you heard from her, but Reynolds rightfully pointed out she avoided the question.
“That is what you’re saying — you’re not answering the question,” Reynolds said. “You are saying that it’s up to that woman to decide. That is late-term abortion. That is not where Iowans are at, that is not where Americans are at.”
DeJear said the vast majority of abortions are not late-term abortions, but again never said she was against late-term abortions.
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