Conor Lamb, a moderate Democrat vying to win the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th District, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD on Monday that he does not support proposals to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which fetuses can feel pain.
“I’d have voted against it,” Lamb answered when asked how he would vote on such a bill. Lamb added that he would not describe his beliefs as “pro-life.”
“I just want to say, I don’t use the term ‘pro-life’ to describe what I personally believe, because that’s a political term. It’s not one that you learn in Catholic school or anywhere else in the church,” he said.
Lamb is running in a Republican-dominated district, which Tim Murphy had served since 2003 and which Donald Trump won by 20 points. But this race is close with just more than two weeks to go: A recent Monmouth University poll showed Republican Rick Saccone leading Lamb by just three points. Murphy resigned in October when it was reported that he had an extramarital affair and encouraged the woman with whom he was involved to get an abortion after she told him she believed she was pregnant.