Last Week, McCormick Claimed He Has Always Supported Exceptions for Abortion in Cases of Rape or Incest

The Truth: McCormick Supports An Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape Or Incest

PENNSYLVANIA — Just days after launching his Senate campaign, David McCormick has been caught in a lie once again. In an interview with Fox News on September 21, McCormick said he has always supported exceptions for abortion in cases of rape or incest. But his record and extensive reporting make clear that, McCormick supports an abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest

Claim: David McCormick claimed he has always supported exceptions for rape or incest. 

  • McCormick said “any limits on this [abortion] should be for exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. That’s what I consistently said throughout the campaign [last year]. So that position hasn’t changed.”

Fact Check: McCormick’s record clearly shows he supports an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

  • When asked directly in a debate last year whether he believed there should be exceptions for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother, McCormick responded only “in the very rare instances there should be exceptions for the life of the mother.”
    • Axios: “David McCormick…said during a debate in Harrisburg last month he’s fully against all scenarios involving abortion, apart from ‘in the very rare instances there should be exceptions for the life of the mother.’”
    • Huffington Post: “McCormick has said that life begins at conception and that he does not support exceptions in abortion laws for rape or incest.
    • Huffington Post: “McCormick said in a May 2022 debate with Oz that he supports banning abortion with an exception only when the pregnant person’s life is in danger, and not in cases of rape or incest.”
    • WESA: There was no “pushback from the McCormick campaign.”

David McCormick has a long record of extreme views on abortion.  

McCormick’s newest lie comes after recent reporting from WESA caught him trying to erase his stance on abortion by deleting footage from his campaign YouTube of a 2022 interview with Fox News in which he celebrated the overturning of Roe as “a huge step forward and a huge victory for the protection of life.