A Pennsylvania Democrat running for Senate said Monday he does not believe there should be any limits on abortions.
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman made the remarks during the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Debate on Monday where he strongly emphasized his support for “women’s reproductive freedom.”
“If I am in the United States Senate, I would immediately support the first campaign to support the elimination of the filibuster to make sure that we codify women’s reproductive freedom, in law, to make sure that even if the Supreme Court does go down that road and revoke Roe v. Wade, that we already existingly codified that into law and made sure that we can’t go back,” he said, according to video footage posted by the RNC Research team.
WATCH: Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov John Fetterman says he wants to eliminate the filibuster to “codify” abortion without any limits.
“I don’t believe [there should be any limits to abortion]” pic.twitter.com/4QYTualTN6
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 26, 2022
“Abortions are going to continue in America whether it is legal or not. They just won’t be safe, if they are illegal, and we can’t ever go back to that. We just can’t.”
Asked if there were “any limitations on abortion” that he would “find appropriate,” Fetterman responded, “I don’t believe so, no.”
He did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Wire.
Strong support for unlimited abortion has increasingly become a litmus test for Democratic politicians. During the most recent presidential election cycle, then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted that “being pro-choice is an essential part” of being a Democrat.
“I think in the Senate’s, probably 95% of the Democrats are pro-choice, the other few are not — in the House, maybe even a higher percentage,” he said. “So that’s kind of what my view is. I think by this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that.”
Pressure for Democratic candidates to fully support abortion was so strong during the election cycle that President Joe Biden abandoned his former support for the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funding for abortions, after strong backlash from pro-abortion groups, left-wing activists and his fellow candidates — including his now vice president.
BREAKING: Democrat Joe Biden announces he can no longer support the Hyde Amendment after getting attacked by Democrats over the last 24 hours for supporting it
He blames Republicans for his decision pic.twitter.com/vV1wTD3B3q
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 7, 2019
A few weeks before Fetterman’s remarks, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs similarly would not name one limit she could support on abortion, even when given multiple opportunities, when discussing pro-life legislation signed by Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
“But where do you draw the line though? I mean, if it’s not 15 weeks, is it 24 weeks,” a local CBS reporter pressed Hobbs. “Where do you draw the line where you say, ‘OK abortions after this point of time, no, it’s a no go?’”
Hobbs repeatedly would not name one limit that she would oppose on abortion.
“Abortion is a personal decision between a woman and her family and her doctor,” she said. “And that’s something that needs to be discussed in the medical exam room, not by politicians.”