Friday, November 30, 2007

Republican Presidential Candidates Made Uncomfortable by Abortion Issue

Wow, YouTube debate questioners make anti-choice candidates answer the question "If abortion is made illegal, with what should a woman who receives an illegal abortion be charged and how much times should she do?" You can judge the candidates' responses for yourself (and watch Ron Paul and Fred Thompson do some hemimg and hawing):

As Feministing points out:
Pro-choice candidates have consistently been forced by anti-choice rhetoric into positions where they end up compromising on reproductive rights issues; this is no big news... In short, Journey's question last night is an opportunity to not only reframe the abortion debate, but to reclaim it altogether.
It's about time! Tip of the hat, Ms. Journey from Texas!


natalie said...

We need to be doing this with all their stupid buzz issues. When they talk about religion, we need to ask them if their faith is going to lead them towards a more aggressive policy in the Middle East - and to see the conflict in terms of a religious war. When they talk about TEH GAYS and marriage, we need to ask them about how involved the federal government should be in the consensual contract making of private citizens.

Casmall said...

Great point about gay marriage- What a bunch of hypocrites.
Its so fun to watch these guys avoid answering this question- states rights is the new duck and cover.

By the way, kudos to Rudy on the abortion issue.

La Pobre Habladora said...

I was surprised to hear how many applause Rudy got from a presumably Republican audience on that one. It is good to know that he is still saying that he would not sign a federal abortion ban, and getting cheers.

Journey said...


Just here via some Googling, and I just wanted to thank you for the positive mention! It's a nice change. :)

- Journey Murry

La Pobre Habladora said...

Thanks right back at you, Journey!