Presidential Candidates on the Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

It was 35-years ago today that the Roe vs. Wade decision became the law of the land. In those 35 years, there have been numerous attempts to overturn the US Supreme Court’s decision to give women the right to have an abortion if they chose. Both pro-choice and pro-life groups will be endorsing candidates and trying to use the election as an opportunity to promote their positions. Here is where the candidates stand on this issue:

Hillary Clinton

Supports Roe v. Wade; opposes ban on partial-birth abortions. In 2005, Clinton voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives, in 2006 she voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions and in 2007 ABSTAINED from voting on a bill prohibiting funds for groups that perform abortions. On Clinton’s website it says:

“When I’m President, I will appoint judges to our courts who understand that Roe v. Wade isn’t just binding legal precedent, it is the touchstone of our reproductive freedom, the embodiment of our most fundamental rights, and no one – no judge, no governor, no Senator, no President – has the right to take it away.”

John Edwards

Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposed John Roberts’s nomination, partly based on his abortion views. Edwards voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime in 2004 and NO on banning partial birth abortions. On Edwards’ blog, it says, “As President, I will guarantee the right to choose and ensure that women can make choices in their lives with dignity and can participate in our society fully, as equals.”

Mike Gravel

Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. We could find no voting record on abortion for Gravel. On Gravel’s website it says, “Comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education, including accurate information about contraception, can always be provided in order to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions.”

Dennis Kucinich

Supports Roe v. Wade, but had previously been opposed; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; appointed judges would “reflect my thinking.” Kucinich voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life in 2003, voted NO on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act in 2005 and voted NO on the Abortion Pain Bill in 2006. On Kucinich’s website it says, “I have a plan to reduce abortions by encouraging family planning, including abstinence training, combined with a full economic and health care plan that would clearly alleviate the number of abortions.”

Barack Obama

Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. In 2005, Obama voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives, he voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions in 2006 and he ABSTAINED from voting on prohibiting funds for groups that perform abortions. On Obama’s website it says, “Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.”

Rudy Giuliani

Supports abortion rights; supported ban on partial-birth abortions, but receptive to them in the past; hands-off approach on public funding; “strict constructionist judges” but no “litmus test.” In 2007 he said it’s “Ok to repeal Roe v. Wade” and he would “Allow states to fund or not fund abortion.” On Giuliani’s website it says:

“Rudy will direct the Office of Faith-based Initiatives to find new ways to support organizations that promote adoption as an alternative to abortion. Rudy will veto any attempt to weaken the Hyde Amendment and other limits on the public funding of abortions, like the Mexico City Policy.”

Mike Huckabee

Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposes federal funding. As Governor of Arkansas he said No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion and led Arkansas to pass a human life amendment in the state constitution. On Huckabee’s website it says:

“I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. As president, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.”

John McCain

Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but has been supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; “strict constructionist judges.” In 2003 McCain voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life, voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives, voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions and voted YES on prohibiting funds for groups that perform abortions in 2007. On McCain’s website it says:

“Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat.”

Ron Paul

Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. In 2003 Paul voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life, NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions and ABSTAINED from voting in 2007 on the Abortion Pain Bill. On Paul’s website it says:

“Abortion on demand is no doubt the most serious sociopolitical problem of our age. The lack of respect for life that permits abortion significantly contributes to our violent culture and our careless attitude toward liberty.”

Mitt Romney

Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but was supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. On Romney’s website it says:

“As President, Governor Romney will promote a culture of life. Governor Romney believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned so that the issue of abortion can be returned to the American people and their elected representatives at the state and federal level.”

Sources used for this posting were Project Vote Smart and On the Issues.

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