Struggling in the polls, Arizona’s Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters is trying to clean up his previous record of outright opposition to legal abortion. And other Republican candidates in the main state races are also moving away from their previous hardline positions.
On Thursday, Masters released a new video in which he accused Democratic Senator Mark Kelly of lying about his abortion history. In the ad, Masters says he opposes late-term abortion and partial birth – a procedure, usually done to protect the health of the mother – and says that “most people support common sense regulations”, without detailing what those regulations should be. .
Masters himself has proposed extreme restrictions on abortion, including a federal law criminalizing abortion as murder and .
After the leak in May of the draft opinion showing the Supreme Court was ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, Masters said he didn’t think leaving abortion policy to the states was enough.
“I think the 14th Amendment says you have a right to life, liberty and property,” Masters said at an event in Carefree, Arizona, . “You can’t deprive someone of that without due process. Hard to imagine a greater deprivation of due process than killing a small child before it has a chance to breathe for the first time. So I think you make a federal personality law.”
A federal personality law would give full constitutional protections to fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos and fetuses. On Thursday morning, the Masters campaign website also used fetal personality language, reading, “I am 100% pro-life” and noting his support for “a federal personality law (ideally a constitutional amendment) that recognizes that unborn babies are human beings who cannot be killed.”
Later that day, , the site was deleted from that language. In addition, the Masters campaign removed the line “Remove funding for any research using embryonic stem cells from aborted fetal remains” and edited the pledge to “Withdraw taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, all other abortionists, and any organization that promotes abortion”.
In an interview earlier this month with , Masters said that the “law of personality” would ban late-term abortions and that he was “fine with” Arizona’s current abortion ban after 15 weeks. , when Masters said that support for abortion rights had become “demonic” and compared the procedure to “religious sacrifice.” Masters previously supported abortion rights from a “classic and extreme libertarian” perspective, and equated being “pro-choice” with “.”
Masters rigid pivot comes as , usually by double digits. This serves as yet another sign of the effect the Supreme Court could have by taking away the abortion rights of millions of Americans in the midterm elections in November this year. In August, Kansas voters, as voters of one country, based their campaign around the issue of reproductive rights.
after millions in funding from billionaire Peter Thiel. He promoted the conspiracy theory that Democrats are conspiring to win elections by “importing” immigrants to replace native voters, called January 6 a “false flag operation”, claiming that “a third of the people outside the Capitol complex in 6 January were real FBI agents leaving, and he blamed “black people, frankly” for America’s “gun violence problem.”
Masters is not the only Republican Senate candidate to refocus his campaign on undecided voters for the general. Last month, Ohio Republican Senate candidate JD Vance told NBC News that it made sense to “let the states decide these things.” Previously, Vance had “,” in the abortion laws and .
In Pennsylvania, it has about abortion. Shortly after taking office as a state senator in 2019, that would have banned abortion after six weeks, before many women knew they were pregnant. In a primary debate, he said he would not allow exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s life.