State of Florida Archives: on Abortion


Brian Mast: Defend life at every stage

Defend Life: I'm a strong supporter of the right to life. I believe we must defend life at every stage and protect the most vulnerable members of our society. I'll work hard to defund Planned Parenthood, to make sure we're funding real women's health, not an organization that performs 300,000 abortions and 0 mammograms each year.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website MastForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Brian Mast: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life

Q: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

A: Pro-life. I support exception for defense of a mothers life or the case or Rape or incest.

Source: Vote-Smart 2016 Florida Political Courage Test Nov 8, 2016

Darren Soto: Women have a right to control their own bodies

Women have a right to control their own bodies. Reproductive health care decisions should be between a woman and her doctor--and nobody else.

Last year, I was proud to lead the fight on the Senate Floor to defeat an outrageous 24-hour abortion waiting period bill. Soon after, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the law that used my arguments as a framework--and in a huge win for women, the Florida Supreme Court agreed with us and put that anti-choice law on hold.

I was also proud to lead the fight in the Florida Senate to successfully double the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual violence, so that rapists and predators can be held accountable and taken off the street.

In Congress, I will always stand up for the right of women to make their own health and family planning decisions--and I will fight tooth-and-nail any effort to defund Planned Parenthood and take away comprehensive women's health services.

Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website DarrenSoto.com Nov 8, 2016

Francis Rooney: Cherish and respect life

As a member of Congress, he will defend our basic rights, and will not be controlled by Washington lobbyists.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website FrancisRooney.com Nov 8, 2016

John Rutherford: All life is sacred, period

Protect Life: All life is sacred, period. John is a strong defender of the lives of the unborn and will fight passionately in Washington to protect life.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website VoteJohnRutherford.com Nov 8, 2016

Matt Gaetz: Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Gaetz: I am 100% pro-life. We must fight to protect life at every step. Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision that has severely hurt our country. I am pro-life without exception.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Florida House race Nov 8, 2016

Matt Gaetz: Ban taxpayer-funded abortions under ObamaCare

Matt is 100% pro-life and has always been a voice for those without one. He successfully sponsored legislation to ban taxpayer-funded abortions under ObamaCare and prohibited state money from going to abortion centers. Matt also fought to require ultrasounds and 24-hour waiting periods before abortions can be performed. In Congress, Matt will vote to defund Planned Parenthood and hold them accountable for the atrocious acts they commit.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website MattGaetz.com Nov 8, 2016

Neal Dunn: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Dunn: In the very rare cases of rape and incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Florida House race Nov 8, 2016

Neal Dunn: Fight for the sanctity of life

Fighting for the Sanctity of Life: I am 100% pro-life and will fight for the rights of the unborn. We must stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website NealDunn.com Nov 8, 2016

Charlie Crist: 2006: I'm pro-life; 2014: That was for Republicans

Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call attacking Charlie Crist. The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist. "Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I'm pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day."

Not exactly your standard Democratic primary platform. But the voice in the robocall really is Crist's and so were the positions he stressed. But it was Charlie Crist circa 2006--not 2014. Back then he was running in the Republican primary for governor and paid for the calls to shore up his conservative support and push back against rival Tom Gallagher's assertion that Crist was a moderate. They certainly were never intended for Democratic voters.

A spokesman for the Crist campaign called it a "shady voter suppression tactic."

Source: Miami Herald AdWatch on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Aug 11, 2014

George LeMieux: Pro-life; don't lose the values that make us special

In an age where government is for some the answer to every problem, our families and our autonomy is under assault. The more government is seen as a substitute for family, the more we secularlize our nation, and lose the values that make us special--self reliance, community, generosity, and faith. During my time in the Senate I defended our values. I am pro-family and pro-life.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions

Crist, seated to the left of both Meek and Rubio, but trying to position himself as a bridge between liberal and conservative extremes that he said are crippling Congress. Crist said he left the Republican Party this spring on principle, because the part had become "intolerant."

"The Republican Party and the right wing of that party went so far right, it's exactly why Marco Rubio stayed there, it's exactly the same reason that I left," said Crist. "He wants to overturn--listen to me, women watching-- overturn Roe vs. Wade. He does not support stem-cell research; you know, these are extreme views that I am not comfortable with."

Meek said Crist's decision was more pragmatic. "We know why the governor is running as an independent--because he couldn't beat Marco Rubio," Meek said.

As an independent candidate, Crist vetoed an education package championed by Republican legislators, along with a bill requiring women to get ultrasound exams before abortions.

Source: Ft. Myers News-Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist

Crist said he left the Republican Party this spring on principle, because the party had become intolerant: "The Republican Party and the right wing of that party went so far right," said Crist. "He wants to overturn--listen to me, women watching--overtur Roe vs. Wade. He does not support stem-cell research; you know, these are extreme views that I am not comfortable with."

Meek said Crist's decision was more pragmatic. "We know why the governor is running as an independent--because he couldn't beat Marco Rubio," Meek said. Meek was quick to block Crist's effort to outflank him on abortion.

Meek said he has "a 100 percent voting record when it comes down to a woman's right to choose" in his eight years in Congress. "He's been all over the board, first a Republican, then he became an independent," Meek said of Crist. As a state legislator, education commissioner, attorney general and governor, Crist mostly supported GOP positions on economic and "family values" issues.

Source: Ft. Myers News-Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion

Crist repeatedly mocked the tea party movement while attacking Rubio, calling him an extremist for wanting to outlaw abortion. "You haven't been drinking the Kool-Aid, my friend, you've been drinking too much tea and it's just wrong," Crist told Rubio.

"I think it's always funny to listen to the governor attack me for the positions he himself held just six months ago, when he was trying to be the biggest conservative in the world and win the Republican primary," Rubio said.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate Debate Oct 6, 2010

Alexander Snitker: Government must define when life begins & then protect it

The problem with the abortion debate is that the govt. has not defined when life begins. Once life is defined, the govt. has a duty to protect it.
Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Alexander Snitker: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Bernard DeCastro: Prohibit federal funds for elective abortions

Question: ON ABORTION FUNDING BAN: Prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for or provide insurance coverage for elective abortions?

Answer: SUPPORT

Question: ON CONSCIENCE PROTECTION: Preventing federal agencies and states that receive federal funds from discriminating against health care providers who do not perform or participate in abortions (Hyde-Weldon Amendment)?

Answer: SUPPORT

Source: Florida Catholic Conference Candidate Questionnaire Aug 11, 2010

Jeb Bush: Funded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling

As governor, his entry into this arena came in his first year in office when he was called upon to support legislation permitting the state of Florida to offer a specialty license plate promoting the right-to-life side of the abortion controversy. The plate, containing the message "Choose Life," was available for $20 and the proceeds went to organizations that provided counseling and support to pregnant women "who are committed to placing their children up for adoption" but not to "any agency that is involved in or associated with abortion activities including counseling." Not surprisingly, the pro-choice advocates opposed the legislation. Bush's predecessor, Lawton Chiles, had vetoed the same measure on the grounds that it unnecessarily interjected religion into a public issue. Jeb sided with the pro-life side of this debate and signed the bill into law when it came to his desk.
Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 74 Dec 11, 2009

Jeb Bush: Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research

Governor Bush took the side of the right-to-life constituency in a battle to prevent the use of public funds in support of stem cell research. While this stance put him at odds with his economic development supporters, he argued that this technology "takes a life to give a life," and opposed a ballot initiative that would have amended the state's constitution to provide $200 million over 10 years for this purpose. He also opposed actions to permit the Scripps Medical Institute to conduct research on this topic, even though he had committed $310 million of state-controlled federal funds to attract Scripps to Florida. At the same time he was attempting to lure the Burnham Institute of La Jolla, California, to build a lab in Florida, he also attached a condition that the Florida labs of this company, which was a leader in embryonic stem cell research, could work only on the noncontroversial stem cells from adults or umbilical cords.
Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 75 Dec 11, 2009

Mitt Romney: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions

Q: If hypothetically, Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign it?

A: Let me say it. Iíd be delighted to sign that bill. But thatís not where we are. Thatís not where America is today. Where America is, is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority. But if the Congress got there, we had that kind of consensus in that country, terrific.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Ron Paul: Get the federal government out of abortion decision

Q: If abortion becomes illegal and a woman obtains an abortion anyway, what should she be charged with? What about the doctor who performs the abortion?

A: The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it. We donít need a federal abortion police. Thatís the last thing that we need. There has to be a criminal penalty for the person thatís committing that crime. And I think that is the abortionist. As for the punishment, I donít think that should be up to the president to decide.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions

Q: If hypothetically, Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign it?

A: I probably would not sign it. I would leave it to the states to make that decision. I think that the problem with Roe against Wade is that it took the decision away from the states.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Fred Thompson: Lobbied for Planned Parenthood,but always voted against them

Q: When asked about your lobbying, years ago, for Planned Parenthood, the nationís largest abortion provider, you said, ďThat was private life?Ē Why does that make a difference?

Q: No, what I said was that it was my private law practice, as opposed to my public service. I was a member of a large firm. And it was their client. They asked me to do a little work on it. I made a few calls. Frankly, Iíd forgotten about it. But [Planned Parenthood has] come forward now, because Iím their worst nightmare.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

Marco Rubio: Voted against funding stem cell research

Rubio voted NO on Amendment A990241, Stem Cell Research Funding Amendment (rejected by the House, 40 - 73).

State government synopsis: This amendment earmarks $1,000,000 from the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program to fund research grants on adult, umbilical cord and embryonic stem cell projects.

Source: Florida state legislative voting records Apr 6, 2006

Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered

Q: Do you favor any restrictions to abortion?

CASTOR: I believe we should work to reduce the number of abortions, but I am concerned about government dictating personal decisions that should be made between women, their families and their doctors. Government should not interfere in private decisions on personal matters such as abortion.

MARTINEZ: I have a deep respect for life and that respect will guide my voting in the Senate. I believe life begins at conception. I am opposed to abortion.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception

Q: Do you favor any restrictions to abortion?

CASTOR: I believe we should work to reduce the number of abortions, but I am concerned about government dictating personal decisions that should be made between women, their families and their doctors. Government should not interfere in private decisions on personal matters such as abortion.

MARTINEZ: I have a deep respect for life and that respect will guide my voting in the Senate. I believe life begins at conception. I am opposed to abortion.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal

Abortion is a very personal decision. I think it should be rare, safe and legal.
Source: Florida Senate Debate, in St. Petersburg Times Oct 19, 2004

Jeb Bush: Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Ronald Reagan: Abortion on demand must be outlawed

Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will someday pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does.
Source: Speech in Orlando Florida Mar 8, 1983

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