In a prior entry about Senator Obama, Kate (katerh99) left a comment asking if I would do a “mirror image” on Senator McCain. It was a great suggestion (thank you, Kate!), so voters can see how Senator McCain stacks up on the same issue. So, here we go! As I can’t do it in one entry, I’ll make several, interspersed with my series on party platforms along with other items as they arise. The first topic I’ve chosen is Senator McCain’s position on abortion.
Senator McCain has been very consistent with his position on abortion. Senator McCain is opposed to abortion and believes that ROE vs. WADE should be repealed, but he understands that if it this was done immediately, there would be many women who would turn to illegal and dangerous operations to have abortions performed.
There has been a misquote from 1999 by the left claiming Senator McCain “flip-flopped” on this issue. This is being used, possibly by the Obama campaign although I haven’t seen it, to try to insinuate that Senator McCain is wishy-washy on his abortion position. Here is something from ON THE ISSUES website that was originally an interview on MEET THE PRESS: MEET THE CANDIDATES 2007.
Q: In 1999, you said, "In the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in American to undergo illegal and dangerous operations."
A (Senator McCain): That was in the context of conversation about having to change the culture of America as regards to this issue. I have stated time after time after time that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision, that I support the rights of the unborn.
Q: If Roe v. Wade was overturned during a McCain presidency, and individual states chose to ban abortion, would you be concerned that, as you said, X number of women in America would undergo illegal and dangerous operations?
A (Senator McCain): No, I would hope that X women in America would bring those children into life in this world, and that I could do whatever I could to assist them. Again, that conversation from 1999, so often quoted, was in the context of my concerns about changing the culture in America to understand the importance of the rights of the unborn.
Source: Meet the Press: 2007 "Meet the Candidates" series May 13, 2007
Here is a video clip with Senator McCain as aired on CNN:
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