RFK Jr. says he’d sign a federal ban on abortions after three months of pregnancy

DES MOINES, Iowa— Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate and conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Sunday that he would support a national ban on abortion after the first three months of pregnancy if he is elected.

“I believe a decision to abort a child should be up to the women during the first three months of life,” Kennedy said in an interview at the Iowa State Fair here. Pressed about whether that meant signing a federal ban at 15 or 21 weeks, he said yes.

“Once a child is viable outside the womb, I think then the state has an interest in protecting the child,” he said, adding: “I’m for medical freedom. Individuals are able to make their own choices.”

The stance puts Kennedy — who’s mounting a controversial bid to unseat President Joe Biden as the Democratic standard-bearer next year — out of step with most of his party at a time when abortion access has been a sustained motivator for voters.

Kennedy defended running as a Democrat despite espousing multiple typically conservative talking points in the 15-minute interview.

For instance, Kennedy said he would not have voted to support the Inflation Reduction Act, among the biggest Democratic policy wins of Biden’s first term. Asked about the hundreds of billions of dollars in investments to fight climate change in the legislation, Kennedy said: “They say that this is fighting climate change; it’s actually doing the opposite.”

Kennedy steeply trails Biden in the polls and has been dogged by controversy in his few months as a candidate, including his having spread repeated disinformation about the efficacy of vaccinations and deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as allegations of antisemitic remarks.

While he agreed that former President Donald Trump had lost the 2020 election, he posited that “elections can get stolen in this country.” Asked whether he thinks Trump tried to overturn the election results after he lost, Kennedy said that based on what he has seen, “it seems like he was trying to overturn it.”

But he added that indictments themselves are not disqualifying: “Convictions might, but indictments don’t. I think we’re living in a weird period of history right now.”

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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