Candidates differ as S.C. considers abortion lawMarch 18, 2007
An article in The State Sunday discussed a proposed piece of legislation that would require all women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound image of the fetus. This controversial law would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
Some states make ultrasound images available to women before an abortion, but South Carolina would be alone in mandating that women see the pictures.
Proponents say women would change their minds after seeing an ultrasound and choose instead to keep the child or offer it for adoption.
To reduce abortions, women need “as much background as possible when they’re making decisions,” said Oran Smith, president of the Palmetto Family Council, the state affiliate of Focus on the Family.
The article further compared the field of 2008 Presidential candidates on abortion, gay marriage and gun control – citing those issues as “key indicators of how palatable a candidate is to religious conservatives in South Carolina.” Here’s how the GOP frontrunners stacked up:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: for abortion rights; opposes gay marriage but favors civil unions; favors some gun control.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: once favored abortion rights and gay rights; now opposes abortion rights, gay marriage and civil unions; has supported some gun control.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: anti-abortion, but has taken different positions on the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion; says he opposes gay marriage but voted against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage; has given conflicting statements about civil unions; opposes gun control.
McCain spoke Sunday in New Hampshire on the issue of abortion. From the Boston Herald:
”I am a pro-life person. That’s been a solid 24-year record,” [McCain] said. ”I have not changed my position.”
”I have been an advocate for human rights — having been deprived of them for a period in my life — from Burma to Bosnia to China to Cuba, and I believe human rights also extend to that of the unborn,” said McCain, who endured years of torture and deprivation as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani supports abortion, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has faced criticism for switching his position on the issue.