Democratic Candidates for President Give Unanimous Pro-Abortion Views

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democratic Candidates for President Give Unanimous Pro-Abortion Views

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 21
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — While Rudy Giuliani has caused division within the Republican Party on the issue of abortion, the Democratic presidential candidates again proved they are all consistently pro-abortion. That comes form the results of a survey NARAL did to obtain comments from them on the contentious issue.

In an email to its supporters, NARAL president Nancy Keenan said her group wants to continue as the "political leader of the pro-choice movement."

She said she was proud that NARAL is the "first pro-choice organization to provide statements directly from these candidates to" abortion advocates.

The organization asked all of the presidential candidates in both parties to express their opinions about abortion in 200 words or less.

For Democrats, the responses were predictable with Delaware Senator Joe Biden saying he has been a "long-standing supporter of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose" and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson saying, I have always supported women’s reproductive rights."

The three leading candidates on the Democratic side each made their pro-abortion views clear.

"I believe in the freedom of women to make their own decisions about the most personal and significant matters affecting their lives," New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said.

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois added, "It is not just an issue of choice, but equality and opportunity for all women."

And former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina told NARAL, "A woman’s decision about whether to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions that she can face."

Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado was the only Republican candidate to respond to NARAL and he made his pro-life views very clear to the abortion advocacy group.

"I am a strong believer in the right to life for the unborn child," he said.

Keenan told her group’s supporters that its goal in 2008 is to protect the limited gains it made in the House and Senate during the 2006 elections and to "elect more pro-choice candidates, most of all a pro-choice president."

She said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortions "only ups the ante next year."