2008 Candidates on abortion
This post is an adjunct to Right to Life.
I feel that the right of an unborn child to live is about the most basic right there can be for anyone regardless of nationality, religion etc. Yet our nation’s candidates are split into 2 camps on this issue. In the case of the 3 Democratic Party front runners; Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, they all seem to think that woman’s right to choose supersedes the right of a child to live. Even to the extent that they all oppose banning gruesome partial birth abortions. They say that children who are cruel to pets grow up to be serial killers, but I say that surely at least a few have grown up to be Democrat presidential candidates.
Barack Obama – Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. “I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue for the women and families who make these decisions.
Hillary Clinton – Supports Roe v. Wade; opposes ban on partial-birth abortions; judges should protect women’s rights. “This decision, which is one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul searching decisions a woman and a family can make, is also one in which the government should have no role.
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. I believe in a woman’s right to choose…I believe they should have the freedom to make them for themselves.
For myself, I tend to value life over choice and convenience. Also, being number 6 in a family of 8 kids, I am happy my parents valued life as I do. And lastly I am happy that there is a political party that believes the same. The Republican Party has a wide field of candidates all basically for a child’s right to life.
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.”
Mike Huckabee – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposes federal funding. I’m pro-life because I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if it’s the life of all.
Fred Thompson – Wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “We’ve had a lot of different kind of issues come up in the Senate from federal funding to stem cell research, Roe versus Wade and the partial birth abortion debate or as former Senator Pat Moynihan of New York used to say it’s more like infanticide than partial birth abortion.”
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. “I’ve always been personally pro-life, but for me there was a great question about whether or not government should intrude in that decision. And when I ran for office, I said I’d protect the law as it was, which is effectively a pro-choice position. About two years ago when we were studying cloning in our state, I said, look, we have gone too far; it’s a brave new world mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us; and I change my mind…I won’t apologize to anybody for becoming pro-life.”
Ron Paul – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “As an obstetrician, I know that partial birth abortion is never a necessary medical procedure. It is a gruesome, uncivilized solution to a social problem.”
NYT Election Guide 2008
If some day it were possible to ask the unborn child how they felt about their impending abortion, I’m reasonably sure they would choose their right to life over your right to choose.