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Arizona Congressional Candidate Won’t Support Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion

Pro-abortion signs at the March for Life rally in Washington, January 2016. (Reuters photo: Gary Cameron)

Arizona congressional candidate Hiral Tipirneni would not say Sunday whether she supported banning so-called partial-birth abortion.

Most pro-choice Americans do not support legalizing partial-birth abortion, a procedure in which the head of a late-term unborn baby is severed from its body as it is born prematurely. President George W. Bush signed a law banning the procedure in 2003, calling it “gruesome and inhumane.”

Tipirneni, a Democrat and a physician by trade, was asked yesterday whether she supported banning the procedure by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.

“What I would say is, I’m a physician, and I have seen and witnessed women making or having to face that choice, that heartbreaking, gut-wrenching choice,” Tipirneni replied. “And I truly do believe that that is a decision that should be between a woman, her partner, her physician, and her faith.”

“Our goal should be to keep abortion safe, legal, and rare,” the candidate continued. “We don’t want it to go back to the days where women are bleeding out in the alleyways. We know that we have Roe v. Wade in place and we want all of our legislation to be in alignment with that.”

Tipirneni, whose office did not respond to a request for comment, tweeted out a video of the interview afterward.

Polls close on Tuesday in Arizona’s special election to replace replace longtime Republican representative Trent Franks, who resigned in December after a sexual-misconduct scandal. Tipirneni faces an uphill race against Republican Debbie Lesko to fill Franks’s seat in the state’s Eighth Congressional District, which President Trump carried by 21 points in 2016. Though polls show not more than a ten-point difference in support for the two candidates, Republicans have significantly outnumbered Democrats in early voting thus far.

Democrats need to win 23 House seats to retake the majority in 2018, and Republicans are on edge as whispers spread of a possible blue wave come November.

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