John McCain Repeats Stance: Roe Abortion Case a "Bad Decision," Overturn It

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 10, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Repeats Stance: Roe Abortion Case a "Bad Decision," Overturn It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 10
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — With all the hoopla of the Democratic and Republican conventions and the selection of pro-life running mate Sarah Palin, a McCain statement on abortion appears to have gone unnoticed. Glamour magazine indicates John McCain repeated his position that Roe v. Wade should be reversed.

The women’s magazine conducted an interview with the presidential hopeful on July 30 and included the abortion-related clip on its web site on August 30.

Asked whether he would "actively seek the demise of Roe v. Wade," McCain confirmed that and said he will not change from that stance.

"So let me make my point clear again. I thought that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision, and I continue to believe that," he told the magazine. "That’s my position."

The magazine attempted to ask a follow-up, but McCain interrupted and restated his position again.

"No, no. That’s my position. And that will remain my position," he confirmed.

McCain’s campaign web site has indicated for many months that the Arizona senator wants to overturn Roe and allow states a chance at legally protecting women and unborn children.

"John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench," it says.

"Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat," the McCain campaign site continues.

McCain has stated his support for reversing Roe as far back as November 2006.

McCain appeared on the ABC News program "This Week" and responded to a question from host George Stephanopoulos, saying, "I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support."

In February 2007, McCain restated his position, telling 800 voters at a campaign stop in South Carolina, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."

McCain also said he would only appoint judges for key federal posts and the high court who would “strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench.”


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