State of Arkansas Archives: on Abortion


Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Boozman's pro-life stance puts rapists over victims

LINCOLN: "Do you believe that the majority of Arkansans agree with your stance that the rights of rapists take priority over the rights of women who they've assaulted?"

BOOZMAN: "I don't know particular bill you're talking about."

LINCOLN: "We've got it in our research and I'd be glad to provide it to you."

BOOZMAN:"I don't think so."

Immediately after the debate the Lincoln campaign provided the following elaboration: "In 2005, Boozman voted against a motion to recommit legislation on parental notification that barred fathers, who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, from being able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion. [HR 748, Vote 143, 4/27/2005]"

Boozman responded by saying the Lincoln camp took that vote out of context: "John Boozman supported The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), explicitly provided exceptions for cases where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent."

Source: Fox News TV-16 coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate Debate Sep 8, 2010

John Boozman: Opposes transporting minors across state lines for abortion

Immediately after the debate the Lincoln campaign provided the following: "In 2005, Boozman voted against a motion to recommit legislation on parental notification that barred fathers, who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, from being able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion. [HR 748, Vote 143, 4/27/2005]"

Boozman responded by saying the Lincoln camp took that vote out of context: "Boozman supported making it a violation to transport a minor girl across state lines to procure an abortion, if done to evade a parental notification," the campaign says. "HR748 explicitly provided exceptions where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent. A pro-abortion advocate utilized a procedural tactic designed explicitly to kill the bill. Boozman opposed this maneuver that would have killed sound, prolife legislation. Sen. Lincoln1s efforts to paint Rep. Boozman as an advocate for 'rapists rights' are preposterous and shameful."

Source: Fox News TV-16 coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate Debate Sep 8, 2010

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Take objective approach to judicial confirmation process

HOLT: During questioning from a panel of reporters, Holt, who served one term in the state House before being elected to the state Senate, said he opposes abortion and would not support any judicial candidate who supported abortion rights.

LINCOLN: Lincoln said she tries to take an objective approach to the judicial confirmation process and doesn’t want a judicial candidate “who interprets the laws based on their personal views and political views.”

Source: [Xref Holt] AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Jim Holt: Would not support any pro-choice judicial candidate

HOLT: During questioning from a panel of reporters, Holt, who served one term in the state House before being elected to the state Senate, said he opposes abortion and would not support any judicial candidate who supported abortion rights.

LINCOLN: Lincoln said she tries to take an objective approach to the judicial confirmation process and doesn’t want a judicial candidate “who interprets the laws based on their personal views and political views.”

Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Mike Huckabee: Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation

[We should] provide for every person who’s contemplating the termination of her child during pregnancy that she has information, knowing fully and completely the procedure that is taking place and what it will mean. Commonly called the woman’s right-to-know legislation, it really goes back to school, back to educating people.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 9, 2001

Mike Huckabee: Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law

I’m pro life, but I know not everyone agrees with me on that particular topic, and I respect that. I’ll probably never change my conviction on that, and some of you won’t change yours. But in this day in which we talk about choice and the importance of it, surely we can agree that if under the Supreme Court choice is mandated, that choice should be as educated a choice as is humanly possible.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 9, 2001

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