2008-10-09 Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?

I received a flyer yesterday from my local chapter of Massachusetts Citizens For Life.  The insert was a flyer from the national Right To Life commission regarding where the candidates stand on abortion.  The following information came from that flyer.  It can also be found at http://www.nrlc.org

Abortion on Demand

John McCain: 
1.  Voted to oppose Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allows abortion for any reason;
2.  “I have stated time after time after time that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision, that I support…the rights of the unborn.  I have fought for human rights and human dignity throughout my entire political career.  To me it is an issue of human rights and human dignity.”

Barack Obama:
1.  Co-sponsor of the “Freedom of Choice Act,” (S.1173) whicih would make partial-birth abortion leal again, require taxpayer funding of abortion, and invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, such as parental notification laws.
2.  “I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President.”

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
The partial-birth abortion procedure–used from the fifth month on–involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain.  The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers.

John McCain:
1.  Voted for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Barack Obama:
1.  Did not vote for the Illinois Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act when it came before the Illinois State Senate

Protecting Abortion Survivors

John McCain:
1.  Voted for legislation that provides care and protection for babies who are born alive after an abortion.

Barack Obama:
1.  Voted four times against legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would have provided care and protection for babies who are born alive after an abortion.

Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

John McCain:
1.  Voted in favor of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid.
2.  Voted consistently against federal funding of abortion.

Barack Obama:
1.  Voted against legislation in the Illinois State Senate that prohibited taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion.
2.  His campaign has stated that he “does not support” the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid.

Parental Notification Law

John McCain:
1.  Voted to support a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Barack Obama:
1.  Voted to block a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.
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Sarah Palin:
1.  Opposes abortion and believes unborn children should be protected.  As Governor of Alaska, supported pro-life legislation.
2.  “…I am pro-life and have never wavered in my belief in the sanctity of every human life.”

Joseph Biden:
1.  Voted to endorse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allows abortion for any reason.
2.  “I strongly support Roe v. Wade…That’s why I led the fight to defeat Bork.  Thank God he is not in the court or Roe v. Wade would be gone by now.”

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