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Susan Collins Wants To Codify Roe v. Wade — But She Doesn’t Support Third Trimester Abortions

November 22, 2022

Maine U.S. Senator Susan Collins wants to codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion everywhere in the country until the court overturned it in June 2022.

But Collins, a moderate Republican, also signaled that she doesn’t support third-trimester abortions, and said that what she called “reasonable restrictions” are appropriate at the state level.

Collins told The Bangor Daily News that the Republican Party should “go back to what I would say are traditional Republican principles of respecting the right of individuals to make their own decisions when it comes to such an intensely personal decision.”

“That doesn’t mean, however, that I support the right for a woman to have an abortion in the eighth month of pregnancy, for example. I think most Americans are in favor of reasonable restrictions, and I think that is definitely being looked at — what is happening in many states,” Collins said, according to The Bangor Daily News.

The Republican Party’s platform in 2016 and 2020 called for a Human Life Amendment on the grounds that  “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”


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