While many Republican lawmakers have shied away from talking about a direct ban on abortion, Arizona GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters is embracing it.
The issue has jumped into the forefront of political debate since the emergence of a leaked Supreme Court draft authored by Justice Samuel Alito, in Roe v. Wade and take away federal guarantees of abortion rights.
Three days after Politico published the draft, Masters said Roe’s decision was “absolutely terrifying” and added that the constitution “doesn’t mention abortion.”
He said that “at the very least,” abortion should be left to the states. But, he added, “I really think we should go beyond that.”
“I think the 14th Amendment says you have a right to life, liberty, and property,” he said at an event in Carefree, Arizona. “You cannot deprive someone of this without due process. It’s hard to imagine a greater lack of due process than killing a young child before he has a chance to take his first breath. That’s why I think you need a federal personality law.”
A federal personality law would classify the fertilized egg, zygote, embryo and embryo as individuals and provide them with full constitutional protection. It would criminalize all abortions, without exception, and could also ban certain types of contraception.
Masters was vocal about her opposition to abortion even before the Supreme Court leaked.
On January 27, speaking in Gilbert, Arizona, Masters rebuked his fellow Republicans who would not support a national abortion ban.
“What good is it really to win an election if you don’t do what you promised to do when you came in?” They said.
He said that only to say “return the issue to the states” was to “play the role of defence”.
“I don’t think it’s enough to return it to the states,” he said.
In 2021, he called on Congress to pass a personality law, saying support for abortion rights had turned “monstrous” and compared it to “religious sacrifice.”
“Finally, you see how abortion talk has turned into this religious totem for left, right? In the ’90s, they promised they wanted abortion to be safe, legal, and rare. And now so Looks like you have workers wearing shirts, you know with tally marks how many abortions they have done,” he claimed. “And that is the cultural thrust of it. It is a religious sacrifice for these people. I think it’s demonic. And I think we have to stop it.”
Masters’ vocal support for a national abortion ban stands in contrast to the backlash in the Senate, where Republicans have been very calm about the issue.
Oklahoma Republican Jim Lankford has been one of the few outspoken supporters of the national ban, but he acknowledged last week that there just might not be enough support in the Senate.
Democrats are warning supporters about the threat of abortion not only from the Supreme Court, but from a potential Republican majority in Congress if the GOP prevails in backing the House and Senate in November’s elections. Republicans, including the campaign committee dedicated to retaking the Senate, have downplayed abortion, saying issues such as inflation would be of huge concern.
In Nevada, for example, GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxault said reversing Roe would be “a historic victory for the sanctity of life.” Yet he continues to operate in a state with strong support for abortion rights and laws guaranteeing abortion rights. And in acknowledgment of this fact, Laxult did not go so far as to call for a national ban.
He said in a statement, “The people of Nevada have already voted to make abortion rights legal in our state, and so no matter what the Court’s final decision on Roe is, it is currently decided in our state.” is the law.”
On Saturday, the Arizona Mirror published a story saying that on his campaign website, Masters also promised that as a senator, he would vote for judges “who understand this.” Roe deer And Griswold And How was wrongly decided, and abortion has no constitutional right.”
Both Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey upheld access to abortion. But 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut protected a married couple’s right to buy and use contraception.
Masters lashed out at the reporter on Twitter on Sunday, saying he does not Belief that contraception should be outlawed – even if reversing Griswold would end that protection. that too now Threatened to sue Arizona Mirror,
His campaign did not return a request for comment for this piece.
The Masters is underway in the competitive August 2 primary to take on Sen. Mark Kelly (D) in the fall. Other candidates include state Attorney General Mark Branovich, solar energy executive Jim Laman and retired Air Force Major General Mick McGuire.
Masters is strongly supported by Peter Thiel – the tech billionaire who is a strong ally of former President Donald Trump – having previously served as a close aide to him. Trump has not yet endorsed the race, although he has shown support for Masters.