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Mike Braun. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

GOP Sen. Mike Braun said on Sunday that given the difficulty of achieving political consensus on the issue of abortion, it should be left up to the states to decide.

Why it matters: As the Supreme Court considers a Mississippi abortion law that could allow for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the landscape of abortion access across the U.S. stands to change drastically.

The big picture: The Indiana senator argued on NBC's "Meet the Press" that trying to "nationalize" the issue would mean that "you're constantly in that area of contention."

  • "When it comes to things like abortion, I think it's clear it's time to turn it back to the states, let the diversity of this country show forth," he added.
  • When asked by host Chuck Todd if he would criminalize abortion, Braun said, "I'm perfectly comfortable with doing it, just not at the level where everybody's got to live with the same thing."
  • "And when you talk about criminalizing it then all you're doing is taking this to a logical extreme that you'll never get to anyway," he argued.

When asked to compare his opposition to individual COVID-19 vaccine mandates to women's right to choose regarding abortion, Braun batted the argument away, stating, "You might try to create that as an issue of equivalency; I don't."

  • Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) addressed a similar question on last week's "Meet the Press," stating that "the difference between vaccine mandates and abortions is vaccines allow you to protect yourself. Abortions actually go in and kill other American babies."

Go deeper

John Frank, author of Denver
Jan 12, 2022 - Axios Denver

Top issues to watch at Colorado Capitol: Abortion, spending and air quality

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Expect Colorado lawmakers to file hundreds of bills this session and for hundreds to win approval.

For the record: Most will have limited impact, but a handful of major issues will face fierce debate.

Jan 13, 2022 - Health

Biden's FDA nominee faces uncertain Senate vote

FDA commissioner nominee Robert Califf. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Robert Califf, President Biden's nominee to lead the FDA, is facing a surprisingly tight confirmation vote in the Senate.

Between the lines: A handful of Democrats have already announced their opposition to him over concerns about his drug industry ties or the FDA's record on the opioid epidemic, and several others may be on the fence.

  • But abortion politics — not to mention the opportunity to sink a Biden nominee — are complicating efforts to make up for these defectors with Republican votes.

First look: Senators propose bill to ban corporate PACs

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Mark Kelly. Photos: Chip Somodevilla (left), Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will soon propose a bill prohibiting for-profit corporations from establishing and managing political action committees, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The introduction of "The Ban Corporate PACs Act" comes amid heightened scrutiny on Capitol Hill regarding money in politics, including efforts to bar companies from influencing political campaigns and federal elections. It would likely face a court challenge and First Amendment concerns.