John Edwards: Pro-Choice on Abortion, But Anti-Choice on Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 27, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 27,

Washington, DC ( — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is coming under fire for his hypocritical position when it comes to abortion and health care. Edwards, as is the case with the other Democratic presidential candidates, is pro-abortion. Yet, he recently indicated he is clearly anti-choice when it comes to national health care.

Edwards has proposed a mandatory health care plan that pro-life advocates are concerned could lead to abortion or assisted suicide covered under it.

"I’m mandating healthcare for every man, woman, and child in America and that’s the only way to have real universal healthcare," he said at a town hall forum in New Hampshire on Monday.

"Every time you go into contact with the health care system or the government you will be signed up," he added.

In what several political observers have pointed out as hypocritical, Edwards explained Americans will not be able to choose their own health care plan.

When asked by a reporter if an individual decided they didn’t want healthcare Edwards quickly responded, "You don’t get that choice."

Yet choice is the main component of Edwards’ position on abortion.

Asked for his take on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the national ban on partial-birth abortions, Edwards told the On The Issues political web site he opposed it because it violates "choice."

"This decision by the Supreme Court is a perfect example of what’s at stake in this election," he said.

"The kind of people that will be appointed to the US Supreme Court by the next president will control whether a woman’s freedom, freedom to choose, make her own health care decisions will be made by her or will be made by the government or by some men sitting on the US Supreme Court," he added.