WATCH: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to Pursue 15-Week Abortion Ban

Glenn Youngkin

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) told CBS Face the Nation on Sunday that he is intent on pursuing a 15-week abortion ban in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Think about it, this was a state… that just 18 months ago was talking about enabling abortion all the way up through and including birth,” he said. “And now we’re able to talk about a 15-week pain threshold bill where a baby feels pain. This is a remarkable moment for us. And it’s an opportunity, I’m not going to let go.”

Youngkin pointed out the abortion debate raged long before the high court’s decision. He noted that he agreed with the SCOTUS decision – the abortion issue was to be decided by the states, by elected officials, and there-by the citizens of each state.

“This is a moment for our country to have a discussion around this,” the governor said. “Each state will decide something different, and I think that is the real value of the Supreme Court decision.”

Youngkin also faced questions about his banning of critical race theory as “divisive.” The conservative leader pressed abandonment of “playing privilege bingo” and teaching children to judge one another due to race, religion, or sex, and teaching “all of history” from a common-sense focal point.

Face the Nation’s host, Robert Costa, might not have expected the answer he received when he questioned Youngkin on the Jan. 6 Committee’s “new evidence” against former President Donald Trump. The governor successfully redirected the conversation from Jan. 6 to what Virginian voters are most concerned about and discussing: runaway inflation and extortion-style gas prices.