Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who last week became one of the last Democrats to enter the presidential race, explained Sunday the decision of several states to restrict abortions, claiming that he believed that life began when a fetus could survive outside the womb. In the end, it is up to the woman to decide whether or not she wants to have an abortion.
"In the end, the Supreme Court resolved this problem 45 years ago," he said in CNN's "State of the Union," referring to the historic decision of the Supreme Court in 1973 in the case Roe vs.. Wade. "It's not my decision to make the decision that a woman has to take in consultation with her doctor, her family, her faith."
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"I would say that life begins to be viable, but anyway, it's not up to people like me to make those decisions," Bullock added. "That's not what I think, it's what a woman has to do with her body and her health care."
Bullock's comments come as legislators in the states of Alabama and Missouri have passed laws that dramatically reduce a woman's ability to have an abortion.
The Republican governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, signed a bill last week banning all abortions except in cases where a woman's life is threatened, while the House headed by the Missouri Republican on Friday passed a major law aimed at surviving court challenges eight weeks into pregnancy.
Earlier this year, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a "Fetal Heartbeat" abortion bill that will limit practice to about six weeks of pregnancy.
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The laws have been criticized by Democrats and advocates who argue that these laws are unconstitutional and deprive women of control over their own bodies.
Crystal Quade, minority leader of Missouri House, called the law "shameful" and stated that it was "scary" to find that there was no "nightmare". exception in case of rape or incest, only in case of medical emergency.
Associated Press contributed to this report.