Caitlyn Jenner on abortion law: ‘I support Texas in that decision’
Caitlyn Jenner on Tuesday said she supports Texas’s new abortion law, saying that while she supports “a woman’s right to chose,” she also supports Texas.
Jenner, who is running for governor of California in a recall election that will bring voters to the polls next week, said she did not anticipate a change to her state’s law.
“I am for a woman’s right to choose. I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws,” Jenner said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
“So I support Texas in that decision, that’s their decision,” Jenner said. “But as far as being a woman’s right to choose, I don’t see any changes in our laws in California in the future.”
California gubernatorial recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner (R) on Texas law effectively banning abortions:
“I am for a woman’s right to choose. I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws. So I support Texas in that decision, that’s their decision.” pic.twitter.com/CpK3TwQJbZ
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Texas’s law would essentially outlaw abortions six weeks into a pregnancy, when many women do not even realize they are pregnant.
The new law makes it illegal for an abortion to be conducted once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, and allows citizens to bring legal actions against doctors and other businesses that help achieve the abortion. This had led to fears that even Uber or Lyft drivers could face prosecution for driving someone to a clinic for an abortion after six weeks.
Other states are now considering enacting abortion laws similar to Texas’s, with Florida announcing last week that it would like to replicate the bill.
Anchor Brianna Keilar pressed Jenner on how she supports a woman’s right to choose, yet also supports the Texas law.
“But you’re fine with the Texas law? Even though you say that you support abortion rights, you are fine with a law that essentially outlaws abortion?” she asked.
“I think that they have the right in their state to do what they want to do. Now, do I agree with the decision or not? No. To be honest with you, I actually probably do not agree with the decision. But I agree that they do have the right to make their own decision,” Jenner said.
Jenner is running to replace current California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in the state’s upcoming recall election set to be held on Sept. 14.