California Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Opposes Abortion in New Interview

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Opposes Abortion in New Interview

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 5
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — Carly Fiorina, the Republican Senate hopeful looking to take on pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer in the November election, took a position against abortion in a new interview. Fiorina gave personal reasons for opposition abortion in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

However, the newspaper did not indicate whether Fiorina took a pro-life position opposed legalized abortion and supporting overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that has led to 52 million abortions.

"I myself was not able to have children of my own, and so I know what a precious gift life is," Fiorina said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

She noted how she raised her two stepchildren with her second husband, Frank Fiorina, and one of the children, Lori Ann Fiorina, 35, died last year.

"My husband’s mother was told to abort him," Fiorina said. "She spent a year in the hospital after his birth. My husband is the joy of her life, and he is the rock of my life. So those experiences have shaped my view."

She told the Chronicle, "I recognize that a lot of women disagree with me on that. But I also know that women in general are not single-issue voters. When I talk to women on this, it’s not the issue that is on the table in this election."

Last year, Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard executive and spokeswoman for the John McCain presidential campaign, was asked to establish her pro-life credentials.

Joshua Trevino, a consultant for Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, who is pro-life, asked the question in a post on the RedState blog.

He admits that Fiorina has called herself pro-life but hasn’t expanded beyond that moniker.

"Any review of Fiorina’s pro-life convictions must acknowledge that for the past 20 months, when pressed on the issue, she has declared herself ‘pro-life,’" he writes. "This is laudable. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to question the depth of Fiorina’s commitment to the pro-life cause."

Trevino says Fiorina’s lack of a record on abortion contributes to questions because she has "never uttered a public word on the topic nor lent any support to pro-life activism before embarking upon her political career."

He points out that most media accounts of her position describe her as "pro-choice" and that she didn’t appear to describe herself as pro-life until speaking on McCain’s behalf.

Trevino writes that Fiorina stood by on more than one occasion when McCain was described as pro-abortion without correcting the record. She also went as far as assuring one group that McCain “has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

"Why would a pro-lifer regard this as a positive attribute to be touted? Why would a pro-lifer sign on as a surrogate for that sort of candidate?" Trevino asked.

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