GOP Senate Candidate Larry Hogan, a Catholic, Backs Restoring Roe v. Wade

Hogan, the former governor of Maryland, has stated his support for women’s reproductive rights.

“As governor, I protected Maryland women’s right to make their own health decisions. I will do the same in the Senate by restoring Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. No one should come between a woman and her doctor,” Hogan wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He linked to a New York Times article titled, “Hogan Backs Codifying Roe, Tacking Left on Abortion Ahead of a Tough Race.” Hogan told the newspaper that he is “pro-choice.”

The Times reports: When asked if he considered himself “pro-life” or “pro-choice,” Hogan replied, “Given that I support women’s rights to make their own decisions, I would say that’s pro-choice.”

This marked a significant shift for Hogan, a Catholic who has always said his personal beliefs about abortion wouldn’t affect his stance that the issue is settled in state law.

This move comes as he faces a challenging general election campaign in the heavily Democratic state of Maryland, which could determine Senate control.

Hogan does not support former President Donald Trump. “Hogan, Maryland’s governor from early 2015 to early 2023, never voted for Donald Trump. He wrote in his father Larry Hogan Sr. in 2016 and late President Ronald Reagan in 2020. He has said he will not vote for Trump or Biden this year,” the report states.

Hogan has been appealing to Democrat voters instead of those from his own party. “I am excited to launch Democrats for Hogan and have my good friend, former Democratic State Senator Bobby Zirkin, on our team,”

Hogan wrote on X. “To my Democratic and Independent friends, you know me and my proven track record of reaching across the aisle for the common good. You know I have the courage to put people over politics and country over party. I will continue to be the strong independent leader for Maryland that I have always been.”

Hogan added, “If you are fed up with divisiveness and dysfunction and want a strong, independent leader to clean up the mess in Washington—then join us.”

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