Presidential views on choice

29 Aug

I find it amusing that McCain chose a woman for his running mate (presumably to get the chicas to vote for him), seeing as how he’s completely anti-choice. Here are some quotes/opinions of the dear Republican candidate (special thanks to GlassBooth.org!):

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion outlawed, McCain said he believes doctors who performed abortions would be prosecuted. “But I would not prosecute a woman” who obtained an abortion. — Boston Globe, Jan. 31, 2000

“I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.” — Associated Press article, Feb. 18, 2007

Here he acknowledges what women would have to resort to without a choice – and still disagrees!!!

But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.” — Washington Post

Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education and contraceptives. Vote to adopt an amendment to the Senate’s 2006 Fiscal Year Budget that allocates $100 million for the prevention of unintended pregnancies. — Appropriation to expand access to preventive health care services, 2005

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s campaign officials boast he has “consistently voted against taxpayer-funded contraception programs.” — NowPublic article, August 27, 2007

“I would do everything in my power to ban that horrible procedure…of partial-birth abortion.” — GlassBooth

McCain was asked whether he would reinstate the Reagan era rule that prevents international family planning clinics that receive federal funds from discussing abortion. “I don’t believe they should advocate abortion with my tax dollars,” McCain said, adding that he opposed abortion except in cases of rape and incest. He was then asked how he would determine whether someone had in fact been raped. McCain responded, “I think [bold font ours] that I would give the benefit of the doubt to the person who alleges that.” — NYT, Jan. 25, 2000

He supports abstinence-only programs…even though countless research have shown that they DON’T WORK:

Senator McCain has a long legislative record of supporting abstinence-based initiatives in his record in the U.S. Senate, said Trey Walker, McCain’s South Carolina campaign director. “He thinks that abstinence is healthier and should be promoted in our society for young people.” — Associated Press article, Feb. 16, 2007

On his own Web site!!

On a decision by the Supreme Court to uphold a ban on “partial birth” abortions: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of life and integrity of the judiciary. The ruling ensures that an unacceptable and unjustifiable practice will not be carried out on our innocent children…as we move forward, it is critically important that our party continues to stand on the side of life.”

And my personal favorite:

“I am pro-life because of my belief in the dignity of human life.” — ABC News: Political Radar post

Right…let’s kill everyone except unborn babies.

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