State of Washington Archives: on Abortion


Newt Gingrich: Don't discard excess embryos from in vitro fertilization

Gingrich said that he would create a commission to study the ethics of in vitro fertilization, which has involved the creation of hundreds of thousands of excess embryos stored or discarded by fertility clinics. "I believe life begins at conception, and the question I raised was what happens to embryos in fertility clinics, and I would favor a commission to look seriously at the ethics of how we manage fertility clinics," Gingrich said at a news conference outside a Baptist church. "If you have in vitro
Source: Karen Tumulty in Washington Post, "Vows Ban" Jan 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Don't discard excess embryos from in vitro fertilization

Gingrich said that he would create a commission to study the ethics of in vitro fertilization, which has involved the creation of hundreds of thousands of excess embryos stored or discarded by fertility clinics. "I believe life begins at conception, and the question I raised was what happens to embryos in fertility clinics, and I would favor a commission to look seriously at the ethics of how we manage fertility clinics," Gingrich said at a news conference outside a Baptist church. "If you have in vitro fertilization, you are creating life; therefore, we should look seriously at what the rules should be for clinics that are doing that, because they are creating life."

Gingrich's position contrasts with statements made on the subject in the past. "For many of us, there's a very, very real distinction between doing something with an unborn child, a fetus that is implanted, and doing something with cells in a fertility clinic that are otherwise going to be destroyed," Gingrich said on July 10, 2001.

Source: Karen Tumulty in Washington Post, "Vows Ban" Jan 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Embryonic stem-cell research desensitizes us to kill babies

Gingrich is drawing an increasingly hard line against the use of embryonic stem-cell research--a position that contrasts with statements that Gingrich himself has made on the subject in the past.

Speaking at a Baptist church, he declared that embryonic stem-cell research amounts to "the use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies." And in a news conference, he said he would ban all embryonic stem-cell research, including that done on discarded embryos created by in vitro

Source: Karen Tumulty in Washington Post, "Vows Ban" Jan 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Embryonic stem-cell research desensitizes us to kill babies

Gingrich is drawing an increasingly hard line against the use of embryonic stem-cell research--a position that contrasts with statements that Gingrich himself has made on the subject in the past.

Speaking at a Baptist church, he declared that embryonic stem-cell research amounts to "the use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies." And in a news conference, he said he would ban all embryonic stem-cell research, including that done on discarded embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

In contrast, in a news conference in July 2001, Gingrich said: "I think that there are ways to have appreciation for life, to recognize the sanctity of life, but nonetheless to look at fertility clinics where there are cells that are sitting there that are not going to be used to create life. They literally today, they're unregulated, they can be thrown away. And I think the president, I hope the president, will find a way to agree that there ought to be federally funded research."

Source: Karen Tumulty in Washington Post, "Vows Ban" Jan 29, 2012

George Pataki: Favors abortion rights

Pataki faces major hurdles in Iowa and elsewhere. He is leaving office with less-than-stellar poll numbers and his successor is almost certain to be a Democrat -- not exactly the ideal springboard for a national campaign. Pataki also favors abortion rights, a major strike against him with the social conservatives who traditionally play an outsized role in the Iowa caucuses. Still, The Fix believes that hard work in politics often pays off. And Pataki is working Iowa as hard as anyone at the moment.
Source: Chris Cillizza opinion in Washington Post Jun 15, 2006

John Kerry: Life begins at conception, but we can’t legislate that

A Catholic who supports abortion rights, Kerry said, “I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.”

A spokesperson said that although Kerry has often said abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” and that his religion shapes that view, she could not recall him ever publicly discussing when life begins. “I can’t take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist,” he continued in the interview. “We have separation of church and state in the US.“

President Bush’s campaign spokesman said these instances are further evidence of what it says is Kerry’s propensity for misleading flip-flops. ”John Kerry’s ridiculous claim to hold conservative values and his willingness to change his beliefs to fit his audience betrays a startling lack of conviction on important issues like abortion that will make it difficult for voters to give him their trust.“

Source: Jonathan Finer in Washington Post Jul 5, 2004

Tom Vilsack: A Catholic who supports abortion rights

Sen. John Kerry campaigned across Iowa with Gov. Tom Vilsack, widely reported to be on Kerry’s vice presidential short list. A Catholic who supports abortion rights and has taken heat from some in the church hierarchy for his stance, Kerry said, “I oppos abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.” On Sunday, Kerry sat in a church pew near Vilsack, also a Catholic who supports abortion rights, and his wife, Christie, one of Kerry’s earliest backers in Iowa.
Source: Jonathan Finer in Washington Post Jul 5, 2004

Wesley Clark: Partial birth ban ok if exceptions made for woman’s health

Clark said he supports a woman’s right to an abortion within the confines of a Supreme Court ruling that allows states to impose limited restrictions on when the procedure can occur. Clark’s remarks appeared to refine those he made earlier this month, when he suggested that there should be no time limit imposed on a woman seeking an abortion. In his latest statement, Clark repeated that he supported “Roe v. Wade as modified by Casey,” a reference to a 1992 ruling that allows states to impose limited restrictions. Asked when Roe v. Wade stipulates that life begins, Clark said: “I’m not going to get into a debate on viability. Viability is a standard determined by a doctor, and I’m not going to get into a specific time frame.” Clark also said he would support legislation banning partial birth abortions as long as an exception is included based on the health of the woman. Earlier this month, Clark suggested that no time limit should be placed on a woman’s right to an abortion.
Source: Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, Page A10 Jan 23, 2004

Duke Cunningham: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Gordon Harold Smith: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Orrin Hatch: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Strom Thurmond: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Tommy Thompson: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Zell Miller: Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research

Several prominent conservative Republicans argue it is possible to be both “pro-life” and “pro-stem cell.” “Stem cell research facilitates life,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who studied the issue for two years before deciding to aggressively lobby the Bush administration. “Abortion destroys life; this is about saving lives.”

“The most pro-life position would be to help people who suffer from these maladies,” Hatch said. “That is far more ethical than just abandoning or discarding these embryonic stem cells.“ For politicians such as Hatch, a Mormon, the decision to break with many of their allies in the antiabortion community was closely tied to the enormous medical potential of embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of debilitating conditions. Hatch is hardly alone. In recent days, the pro-stem cell contingent [has come to include HHS Secretary] Tommy Thompson, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA.), and Sens. Zell Miller (D, GA), Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Gordon Smith (R-OR).

Source: Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, p. A01 Jul 2, 2001

Al Gore: Next president’s Supreme Court nominees will decide abortion

Al Gore said a “razor-thin” Supreme Court abortion decision Wednesday should sound an alarm to abortion-rights supporters not to elect George W. Bush as the president who will make the next high court appointments. Gore recalled that Bush has identified Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas; both abortion-rights opponents; as models for any judicial appointments he would make if elected. His own favorites, Gore said, were the late Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, two who supported the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision affirming a woman’s right to abortion. “The next president will nominate at least three and perhaps four justices to the Supreme Court. And so, November’s presidential election will also decide the future of the Supreme Court and that, in turn, will decide whether or not we keep a woman’s right to choose or see it taken away.”
Source: Sandra Sobieraj, AP article in Washington Post Jun 28, 2000

George W. Bush: Supreme Court is wrong: leave abortion to the states

Bush, confronted once more by an issue that threatens his courtship of moderate voters, said he was disappointed by the court’s 5-4 vote striking down a Nebraska law banning so-called “partial-birth” abortions. States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live, Bush said. He pledged to fight for a partial-birth abortion ban that would meet constitutional muster. Bush has said he supports a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the life of a mother. But Bush has also said he supports the Republican Party platform, which contains an anti-abortion plank that makes no such exceptions.
Source: Sandra Sobieraj, AP article in Washington Post Jun 28, 2000

Elizabeth Dole: For federal funding only in cases of incest, rape, health

Dole has long supported legal abortions for women who are the victims of rape, incest, or if a woman’s health is jeopardized. But when asked whether she viewed spending Medicaid funds for poor women’s abortions as a fairness issue, Dole replied: “I think I am against federal funding for abortions.” Later, a spokesman confirmed that Dole supports the current law. The Post states that current law allows using Medicaid money for abortion in instances of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is in danger.
Source: Ceci Connelly, The Washington Post Aug 17, 1999

Al Gore: Always, always defend a woman’s right to choose

I will always, always defend a woman’s right to choose. Every time Congress has tried to play politics with that fundamental personal right -- imposing gag rules, and attaching anti-choice language to any bill they can think of -- we have stood up to them and stopped them. If they try it again, we’ll stop them again. And if they try it after the year 2000, with your help, I’ll stop them. That hard-won right will be safe with me as your President.
Source: Women for Gore speech, Washington DC Jun 1, 1999

Hillary Clinton: Keep abortion safe, legal and rare

We come to [the abortion] issue as men and women, young and old, some far beyond years when we have to worry about getting pregnant, others too young to remember what it was like in the days before Roe v. Wade. But I think it’s essential that as Americans we look for that common ground that we can all stand upon. [Our] core beliefs and values. can guide us in reaching our goal of keeping abortion safe, legal and rare into the next century.
Source: Remarks to NARAL, Washington DC Jan 22, 1999

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