The candidates have been voicing their comments on today’s Supreme Court ruling affirming a Nebraska ban on partial birth abortions.
Rudy Giuliani: “The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion,” Giuliani said in a statement on the 5–4 decision. “I agree with it.”
Okay, I know that in 2000 in a Senate run he did state that he would not vote for a woman’s right to undergo the procedure, however, times change. Call it a flip-flop if you want. Lincoln flip-flopped on slavery, and maybe this is one that the GOP can live with. Giuliani is protecting his right flank, but so are the other GOP frontrunners.
Hillary Clinton: Washington, DC — “This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose and recognized the importance of women’s health. Today’s decision blatantly defies the Court’s recent decision in 2000 striking down a state partial-birth abortion law because of its failure to provide an exception for the health of the mother. As the Supreme Court recognized in Roe v. Wade in 1973, this issue is complex and highly personal; the rights and lives of women must be taken into account. It is precisely this erosion of our constitutional rights that I warned against when I opposed the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.”
Well one good news for Sen. Clinton, there is now way the law effects her. I don’t think many men are interested and we all know that Bill is not really that interested either. Okay, that was horrible and mean, but it was fun to do!
This does little to help her with her base, and may actually hurt with some “Blue Dog” Democrats.
Sen. Obama: I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women. As Justice Ginsburg emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman’s medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient. I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman’s right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women.
To his credit this is about as much as Sen. Obama has said about “any” issue this campaign. His candidacy seems to be a great deal about being who he is – Barack – and who he’s not – Hillary – and not about his views and positions. However, this does little to effect his base, and also may hurt with some Blue Dog Democrats.
John Edwards: “I could not disagree more strongly with today’s Supreme Court decision. The ban upheld by the Court is an ill-considered and sweeping prohibition that does not even take account for serious threats to the health of individual women. This hard right turn is a stark reminder of why Democrats cannot afford to lose the 2008 election. Too much is at stake – starting with, as the Court made all too clear today, a woman’s right to choose.”
It’s just too bad that when he was a Senator, he MISSED the vote. Must have had other things to do I spose.
Well, this may hurt Sen. Edwards among Blue Dogs, but time will tell.
Sen. McCain: “I’m very happy about the decision given my position on abortion. Partial birth is one of the most odious aspects of abortion,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said while campaigning in South Carolina. In a separate statement issued by his campaign, McCain said, “It is critically important that our party continues to stand on the side of life.”
While some argue that Sen. McCain has been very consistent in his views about the abortion issue, in 1999 he did state that Roe v Wade should not be overturned, but has been advocating its repeal for the past few years. McCain has been making genuine statements to try and gather support from the GOP base.
Mit Romney: “Today, our nation’s highest court reaffirmed the value of life in America by upholding a ban on a practice that offends basic human decency,” Romney said in a statement. “This decision represents a step forward in protecting the weakest and most innocent among us.”
Romney has been on both sides of this issue in the past, but states that he does not favor an amendment to the Constitution to “ban” abortion, but feels it is an issue best decided by the states. Seems like Mr. Romney is also trying to ensure the base likes him.
Sen. Brownback: the ruling would result “in lives being saved.” (the scope is too limited for that, but he is very popular with the Pro-Life movement.
Rep. Tancredo: said he hopes the decision is the first step toward a broader abortion ban.
Sen. Biden was unavailable for comment, though he voted in support of the ban.
Sen Dodd also was unavailable for comment, though he voted against the ban.