Never Trumper and independent Utah Senate candidate Evan McMullin told MSNBC on Sunday that he would vote against pro-life legislation if elected to the Senate.
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan asked McMullin why he flip-flopped on his views on abortion, when in 2016 as a presidential candidate he said he was staunchly pro-life and argued that Roe vs. Wade should be reversed.
McMullin said he was “committed to the sanctity of life”, but suggested it meant the “life of women” and the “life of unborn children”. He denounced Republican efforts at the state level to enforce more pro-life measures as “extreme.”
He said there should be no ‘legal tug of war’ between pro-lifers and pro-abortionists and that the tug of war between these two camps could result in a ‘public health crisis’ .
Pressed by Hasan, he said he opposed overturning the landmark Supreme Court ruling.
“I don’t think that’s the way for the country to move forward on this issue,” McMullin said.
Evan McMullin, who is now trying to unseat Mike Lee, was staunchly anti-abortion in 2016. Yet he recounts @mehdirhasan he now opposes the annulment of Roe v. Wade: “I don’t think that’s the way for the country to move forward on this issue.” pic.twitter.com/52jQtuQ8Li
– The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) May 9, 2022
Instead, McMullin called for “less judgment and more compassion,” and said American women should have more access to contraception because he argued it would lead to fewer abortions.
McMullin said he would vote against legislation to limit abortions nationwide, as suggested by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), if Republicans win a majority in the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. McMullin hopes to oust Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the midterm elections and has the support of Utah Democrats.
“I would be a no against that,” McMullin said.
McMullin claimed the overthrow deer would lead to “extreme” pro-life laws across the country that could “target women.”
Unlike McMullin, Lee on Sunday called the potential decision to be overturned deer a “masterfully written” decision.