John McCain Questioned on His Opposition to Abortion, GOP Pro-Life Platform

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 5,

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life advocate who works within the Republican Party is questioning presidential candidate John McCain’s opposition to abortion and his position on a human life amendment. The GOP platform currently supports a human life amendment that would afford legal protection for unborn children from abortions.

McCain has a strong pro-life voting record in the Senate on abortion but has come under fire before for apparently flip-flopping on whether he supports the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

He’s also disappointed pro-life advocates with his repeated votes for embryonic stem cell research funding.

Colleen Parro, the head of the Republican National Coalition for Life, talked with the Cybercast News Service and said she is "not comfortable" with McCain’s position on pro-life issues.

"It indicates that he is willing to vote for measures that regulate or restrict the practice of abortion," Parro told CNS. "But in terms of ending legal abortion, there’s no evidence he shares that goal with those of us that are pro-life."

She indicated that McCain has never supported the human life amendment found in the Republican Platform that other GOP presidential candidates have said should remain in it.

"His position in support of embryonic stem-cell research indicates that Mr. McCain is not truly pro-life. If you support killing people at the very outset of their lives, then there is no possible way you would support ending legal abortion," she told CNS.

As recently as April, McCain told ABC News that he wants to keep the pro-life platform but to weaken it by adding exceptions for rape and incest.

He also fought with President Bush during a February 2000 CNN debate saying he supported the exceptions in the platform.

As previously reported, McCain has claimed he did not flip-flop when he told an audience that he favored reversing Roe v. Wade. Yet, eight years ago he told a newspaper he didn’t think the landmark abortion case should be overturned.

“I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” McCain said last February.

"It is a false claim to say that I have changed my position," McCain said in a press conference following the event.

However, McCain appeared then to be changing his position from a 1999 statement he gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said he didn’t support repealing Roe.

"I’d love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary," McCain told the newspaper at the time. "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."