Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

Where Do The Candidates Stand on Abortion


Pro-life Group Says Haggerty, Bigus, and Madeira Pro-Life (Sutton says he's pro-life, too)


The Citizens Voice ran an article yesterday, by staff writer Borys "Badenov" Krawczeniuk on the candidates view on abortion. See Abortion Article. The article discussed the state of abortion rights in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, which was enacted under former Governor Bob Casey, gained national attention just last year at Justice Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings. Alito dissented in an opinion while on the Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The Court of Appeals struck down part of the act, requiring spousal notification. The US Supreme Court agreed and upheld the Court of Appeals on striking down the spousal notification requirement. See Planned Parenthood v Casey.

Borys writes: "The Pennsylvania law requires doctors to explain the risks of abortion and provide other information to women. It also mandates a 24-hour waiting period and requires women under 18 to get a parent’s consent in most cases."

The candidates and Borys questioned Baker's stance: "Baker’s stance has raised the most controversy. In responses to questions posed by The Times-Tribune, Baker, in a recent voice mail message, said she doesn’t believe the government should play a role in a woman’s personal decision on abortion. In an interview several days later, she rejected being labeled pro-choice and asked a reporter to “leave ... out” what she said in the voice mail message. But she said much the same thing about abortion at a candidates’ debate last month, and in a statement issued by her campaign last week.“I don’t believe government can or should make personal decisions for individuals or families; however, I do not approve of abortion,” Baker said in the statement. Baker said she favors promoting adoption, reducing the number of abortions and better pre- and post-natal care for mothers. She also supports the Abortion Control Act, she said... "

"Baker’s opponents said she’s ducking a simple question. 'If she gave you that answer, she’s absolutely, positively pro-choice,' Bigus said. Madeira accused Baker of being 'pro-abortion' and pandering with her carefully worded statements about being in favor of current restrictions on abortions. 'I believe she’s hiding,' he said. 'She’s not giving a straight answer to the question,' Haggerty said. Efforts to reach Baker for comment on her opponents’ statements were unsuccessful. The question of her abortion stance arose after she recently received the support of former Gov. Tom Ridge and state Sen. Charles D. Lemmond Jr., who holds the seat Baker and the other five candidates are seeking. Ridge and Lemmond support abortion rights. Lemmond repeatedly won re-election, despite his position. Ridge was elected twice."

Mary Beliveau, the director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s Political Action Committee, said the group was rating Haggerty, Madeira and Bigus as pro-life candidates. The group based its ratings on responses to a questionnaire. Baker did not respond to the questionnaire, but sent a letter outlining her support for the Abortion Control Act, Beliveau said. She characterized Baker’s position as 'pro-abortion.' 'Candidates often say they support the Abortion Control Act to mask a pro-abortion stance,' she said

We received a response from Sutton, which we will post here, because it contradicts the Boris article. "I've made it clear during public events that I am a Pro-life candidate. I don't need a Political Action Committee speaking for me. I won't vote on anything until I see the exact legislation. When Boris posed the question, that's how I replied. I also told him it was because of the three exceptions, including when the health of the mother is in danger. "

Comments:
I've made it clear during public events that I am a Pro-life candidate. I don't need a Political Action Committee speaking for me. I won't vote on anything until I see the exact legislation.

When Boris posed the question, that's how I replied. I also told him it was because of the three exceptions, including when the health of the mother is in danger.
 
By the way, the user name "CarlSutton" has been taken, so if there are any posts with that name, they are not from the candidate. My Blogger Display Name is "voteforsutton", which I hope you do.

Thanks,

Carl
 
Isn't Shawn Murphy, the former Director of Planned Parenthood, and current Lemmond Chief-of-Staff, highly involved in all of Baker's strategy/issues. Geee, I wonder if she's really pro-Life? LOL.
 
No David, Shawn is not involved in strategy/issues for the Baker campaign.
 
I read on baker's website that she will fight for stopping law suit abuse but she fails to mention that she gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars to special interest when she worked at blue cross the last 3 years.
 
Hey Dave exactly how do you feel about other races and is the pope really the "anti - christ"
 
other races are ok, just as long as they're not married to his daughter. Now if Lynn Swann listens to Pat I-lost-to-Arlen Toomey and endorses him too, does he accept that endorsement? wonder how big Dave's tent is?
 
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