Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania Democrat running for Congress, says he does not support proposals to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which fetuses can feel pain.
"I'd have voted against [such a bill]," Lamb told The Weekly Standard in an interview published Tuesday.
"I just want to say, I don't use the term 'pro-life' to describe what I personally believe, because that's a political term. It's not one that you learn in Catholic school or anywhere else in the church.''
Lamb is vying to win the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th District, which is dominated by Republicans and heavily supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
But it appears to be a neck-in-neck race.
A Monmouth University poll published on Feb. 15 showed Republican Rick Saccone leading Lamb by just three points.
The special election comes following the resignation of Republican Tim Murphy after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the anti-abortion congressman asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair to get an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant.
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