Rep. Mike Levin‘s congressional campaign on Friday accused his Republican opponent Brian Maryott of favoring a full ban on abortion now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.
The campaign said the former mayor of San Juan Capistrano has failed to disclose a “radical anti-choice history” that includes statements favoring a ban on all abortions from the moment of conception.
“This extraordinarily fringe position would not only eliminate all abortion, it would outlaw in-vitro fertilization, IUDs and other forms of birth control including Plan B. He would permit no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother,” Levin’s campaign said in a widely circulated press release.
Cited as evidence were answers to local newspaper questionnaires in 2020 and positions listed in the conservative iVoterGuide.com.
Levin, a two-term Democrat, said he is a “staunch supporter of a woman’s right to control her own reproductive decisions.”
The Maryott campaign did not respond to requests by email and phone for comment on the accusation.
Many Republican candidates have been trying to duck questions about their former positions on abortion in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal in June of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. During the 49-year-period that abortion rights were protected, most Republicans said they opposed abortion and urged action by the court, but few expected the law to change.
Levin polled 48.9% to Maryott’s 19.0% in the June primary, and the two will face each other in the November general election to represent the 49th District in north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.