Gary Johnson on Abortion
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
A: Let each state decide.
Q: Should the federal government fund stem cell research and legalize its development in the private sector?
A: No, but allow the private sector to explore potential benefits.
Q: Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control?
A: No, let the insurance companies decide instead of a government mandate.
A: I support women's rights to choose up until viability of the fetus. I've supported the notion of parental notification. I've supported counseling and I've supported the notion that public funds not be used for abortions. But I don't want for a second to pretend that I have a better idea of how a woman should choose when it comes to this situation. Fundamentally this is a choice that a woman should have.
JOHNSON: I support a woman's right to choose up until viability of the fetus, as governor of New Mexico, I would have signed a bill banning late term abortion, I've always favored parental notification, I've always favored counseling and I've always favored the notion that public funds should not be used for abortion. So running for Governor of New Mexico in a state that was 2:1 Democrat, I really didn't get that vote in the primary, but I'd like to think that I got all of those votes in the general election and that's a reality here also, for those individuals that hold that as their number one issue, I'm not going to get that vote, I would hope to get that vote if I were to move on to the general election.
A: It should be left up to the woman. If my daughter were pregnant and she came to me and asked me what she ought to do, I would advise her to have the child. But I would not for a minute pretend that I should make that decision for her or any other woman.
Q: But you have supported legislation that requires parental consent and signed a ban on partial birth abortions.
A: I think the decision can be made at an earlier stage. That's why I don't support partial birth abortions. I realize it's a fine line, but I generally come down on a woman's right to decide.
Q: Do you disagree that parental consent is problematic for teenagers who can't talk to their parents?
A: I believe that parents ought to know. Where that can't occur, there needs to be a process in place, which we have in New Mexico.
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