DNC Statement on Tim Scott Endorsing a Nationwide Abortion Ban
April 13, 2023
In response to Tim Scott’s endorsement of a federal abortion ban, DNC National Press Secretary and Rapid Response Director Ammar Moussa released the following statement:
“There you have it – after trying to hide his yearslong, extreme anti-choice record, Tim Scott becomes the latest MAGA Republican to confirm they would sign a nationwide abortion ban. This is nothing new for Scott who has supported legislation that would pave the way to ban forms of birth control, throw doctors in jail, and ultimately rip away a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions. A national abortion ban has become the definitive litmus test in the race for the MAGA base, and Scott is the latest to pass with flying colors.”
🚨 Tim Scott just FULLY ENDORSED a national abortion ban in an interview today during a visit to New Hampshire.
Tim Scott: “We have to have a federal limit on how far we can go, and that is something that we have to discuss.”
But Tim Scott has a long and consistent record of backing federal abortion bans. In Congress, Tim Scott has repeatedly co-sponsored and supported the Life at Conception Act, which could ban abortion nationwide and jeopardize forms of birth control including Plan B.
Congress.gov: S.2464 – Life At Conception Act Of 2016, 114th Congress, 1/21/16 [Tim Scott, co-sponsor]
Congress.gov: S.231 – Life At Conception Act Of 2017, 115th Congress,
1/24/17 [Tim Scott, co-sponsor]
Congress.gov: S.159 – Life At Conception Act Of 2019, 116th Congress,
1/16/19 [Tim Scott, co-sponsor]
Congress.gov: S.99 – Life At Conception Act Of 2021, 117th Congress, 1/28/21 [Tim Scott, co-sponsor]
Scott has also co-sponsored a national abortion ban that could threaten doctors with jail time.
Congress.gov: S.3275 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Of 2020, 116th Congress, 2/11/20 [Tim Scott, co-sponsor]
PolitiFact: “45 Republicans in the U.S. Senate sponsored or co-sponsered the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, that would impose a prison sentence of up to five years.”
And it’s no surprise that Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America – an extreme anti-abortion group Scott has cozied up with before and is calling on 2024 Republicans to endorse a national ban – immediately jumped on the opportunity to share their excitement about Scott’s anti-choice agenda.
SBA Pro-Life America: “We welcome Tim Scott outlining his pro-life vision and policy platform in the new Dobbs era as the primary election unfolds.”
The Independent: “A handful of GOP lawmakers were guests of honour at an event hosted by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an anti-abortion nonprofit organisation named after the famous (and staunchly religious) women’s rights activist. Among those who attended were both of South Carolina’s US senators, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham.”
Washington Post: “Leading antiabortion groups, fresh off their historic victory with the demise of Roe v. Wade, are drawing up plans for a new goal in the 2024 presidential election: Ensuring the Republican nominee promises to back nationwide restrictions on abortion. One of the most influential groups, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, is likely to ask candidates to sign a pledge supporting a federal minimum limit on abortion at no later than 15 weeks of pregnancy.”