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The Candidates’ Stand on Abortion

Written by Maria O'Connor on | January 10, 2008 | No Comments

Though this is not a recent article, it reflects the beliefs and ideals of the candidates running for election of President of the United States in 2008. 

In response to last year’s Supreme Court ruling banning partial-birth abortions, an abhorrent practice that often involves forced partial-birth and the crushing of a baby’s skull while still inside the womb, the presidential candidates spoke their opinions with obvious separations between Republican and Democrat.  It is no accident that all candidates in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision were Republicans and the others were Democrats.

Senator McCain, who recently won the New Hampshire primary, summed it up best when he said the “Supreme Court ruling is a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of life and integrity of the judiciary. The ruling ensures that an unacceptable and unjustifiable practice will not be carried out on our innocent children.”

Senator Sam Brownback brought up a good point when he said he was “delighted that the Supreme Court is moving forward to see the expression of life in the Constitution”  According to our Constitution, we are granted the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Democrats all made reference to the issue of the mother’s health.  However, none of them said anything regarding the health of the baby.  And that’s what it is at this point.  When we see a pregnant woman we don’t ask, “Oh, when’s the fetus due?”  We ask when the baby is due.  Because it’s a baby.

Democrat Mike Gravel stated he was “opposed to today’s ruling or any ruling that places restrictions on reproductive freedom.”  Where is the freedom in killing a child while it’s still in the womb?  He says he is opposed to restrictions on reproductive freedom, yet he supports the idea of not only restricting the life of an infant but preventing it. 

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Where is the freedom in that?

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