State of New Jersey Archives: on Abortion


Cory Booker: OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights

Booker and Lonegan each attacked the other with starkly different views on health care, gay marriage, abortion, education and job creation.

Lonegan was asked about his affiliation with the tea party, his support for the government shutdown and his opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Booker's campaign is banking on the fact that Lonegan's views are far to the right of those of a majority of New Jersey residents, who support abortion and gay marriage and voted to return Pres. Obama to office.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Oct 5, 2013

Steve Lonegan: Opposes abortion rights

Booker and Lonegan each attacked the other with starkly different views on health care, gay marriage, abortion, education and job creation.

Lonegan was asked about his affiliation with the tea party, his support for the government shutdown and his opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Booker's campaign is banking on the fact that Lonegan's views are far to the right of those of a majority of New Jersey residents, who support abortion and gay marriage and voted to return Pres. Obama to office.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Oct 5, 2013

Bob Menendez: I'm pro-choice, not multiple-choice

When the debate turned to abortion, Kyrillos drew a distinction between his private and public lives. "I'm not exactly sure when exactly life begins. I know for me, I have a pro-life thought process," he said in response to a question asking when he believed life first begins during pregnancy. "I'm pro-life in terms of how I conduct my own affairs," he said, adding, "I'm pro-choice for society at large."

"I have now been in three debates, and I've heard three different answers" from Kyrillos about abortion, said Menendez, who added he is pro-choice. "What I don't believe women in this state can afford is someone who goes to the Senate and is multiple-choice," he said.

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Pro-life in my affairs; pro-choice for society

When the debate turned to abortion, Kyrillos drew a distinction between his private and public lives. "I'm not exactly sure when exactly life begins. I know for me, I have a pro-life thought process," he said in response to a question asking when he believed life first begins during pregnancy. "I'm pro-life in terms of how I conduct my own affairs," he said, adding, "I'm pro-choice for society at large."

"I have now been in three debates, and I've heard three different answers" from Kyrillos about abortion, said Menendez, who added he is pro-choice. "What I don't believe women in this state can afford is someone who goes to the Senate and is multiple-choice," he said.

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Supports parental notifications and waiting periods

The Menendez campaign has accused Kyrillos of changing his position on abortion rights--he says he supports them but marked "pro life" on a questionnaire last year--and wanting to overturn popular portions of the Affordable Care Act.

The campaign has pressed for women's votes, noting that Mr. Kyrillos declined to vote on a resolution supporting an equal-pay act.

Mr. Kyrillos, more velveteen and affable, does not come off as an extremist. He said that he was unfamiliar with the questionnaire, but that he supported parental notifications and waiting periods for abortions--positions, he said, most voters also support.

At the debate on Thursday, Kyrillos declined to answer when asked if he would support a Supreme Court nominee who would most likely vote to overturn the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage. He said only that he would give a fair hearing to a president's nominees.

Source: Associated Press on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 5, 2012

Dick Zimmer: Supports abortion rights

Former Rep. Dick Zimmer, who supports abortion rights, defeated state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and Ramapo College professor Murray Sabrin to win the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, the Newark Star-Ledger reports (Schwaneberg, , 6/4).
Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2008 N.J. Senate Debate Jun 4, 2008

Joe Pennacchio: Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal life

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Robert Menendez: Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade

Q: Do you believe that Roe v. Wade should be a litmus test for Supreme Court judges?

KEAN: Unlike Bob Menendez, I support judicial nominees based on merit and ability, not based on litmus tests or whether they support my political views.

MENENDEZ: I strongly support a woman’s right to choose. Unlike my opponent, I believe we must have Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Robert Menendez: Kean voted against stem-cell research six times; I didn’t

Q: Do you believe that Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research should be banned?

KEAN: I fully support stem cell research, voted in favor of it and opposed President Bush’s veto. Sadly, Bob Menendez distorts my record on this issue.

MENENDEZ: I stood up to Bush and voted to expand funding for stem-cell research. Rubberstamp Republican Tom Kean Jr. voted against funding stem-cell research six times.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: No litmus test for judicial nominees

Q: Do you believe that Roe v. Wade should be a litmus test for Supreme Court judges?

KEAN: Unlike Bob Menendez, I support judicial nominees based on merit and ability, not based on litmus tests or whether they support my political views.

MENENDEZ: I strongly support a woman’s right to choose. Unlike my opponent, I believe we must have Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendez distorts my pro-stem-cell stance

Q: Do you believe that Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research should be banned?

KEAN: I fully support stem cell research, voted in favor of it and opposed President Bush’s veto. Sadly, Bob Menendez distorts my record on this issue.

MENENDEZ: I stood up to Bush and voted to expand funding for stem-cell research. Rubberstamp Republican Tom Kean Jr. voted against funding stem-cell research six times.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

Robert Menendez: I support stem cell research 100%

Q: Your views on stem cell research?

MENENDEZ: I’m working to help researchers harness the potential of stem cell research to prevent and cure diseases like Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s. Breakthroughs wouldn’t only improve quality of life, but would also keep people out of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In turn, this would reduce costs for Medicaid and other programs. I support stem cell research 100%. Tom Kean Jr. might say he supports it, but he’s voted against funding stem cell research 3 times in the last year alone.

KEAN: Bob Menendez misrepresents my position on stem cell research. In the state senate, I supported stem cell research and opposed pork-barrel brick and mortar projects that Bob’s cronies in Trenton attempted to pass under the guise of good science. I opposed Pres. Bush’s veto of the federal stem cell legislation and, in the Senate, will work to bring the hope and promise that stem cell research offers to millions of Americans who suffer from devastating diseases.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 2, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposed Bush’s veto of federal stem cell legislation

Q: Your views on stem cell research?

MENENDEZ: I’m working to help researchers harness the potential of stem cell research to prevent and cure diseases like Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s. Breakthroughs wouldn’t only improve quality of life, but would also keep people out of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In turn, this would reduce costs for Medicaid and other programs. I support stem cell research 100%. Tom Kean Jr. might say he supports it, but he’s voted against funding stem cell research 3 times in the last year alone.

KEAN: Bob Menendez misrepresents my position on stem cell research. In the state senate, I supported stem cell research and opposed pork-barrel brick and mortar projects that Bob’s cronies in Trenton attempted to pass under the guise of good science. I opposed Pres. Bush’s veto of the federal stem cell legislation and, in the Senate, will work to bring the hope and promise that stem cell research offers to millions of Americans who suffer from devastating diseases.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate [X-ref Menendez] Sep 2, 2006

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2012 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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