Jesse Ventura on Abortion
Former Independent MN Governor
Running for office in 1998, I'd been asked to fill out a questionnaire for the Minnesota Family Council. I said that, without question, I opposed any ban on partial-birth abortions. But I also stated at the time that, while I wouldn't promote any legislation calling for a 24-hour waiting period, I'd sign it if the legislature passed it.
When asked on air about the 24-hour waiting period, I said: "It's not like driving into a McDonald's and pulling up and saying, 'I want a #4 cheeseburger.' You have to make an appointment." I went on: "Really, what I think the question comes down to is, how involved in our personal, private lives do we want to interject government?"
I made an offer to the right wing: "I'll sign this bill if you make all optional surgical procedures have a 24-hour waiting period, which would include liposuction." They were appalled.
Back in MN, I announced my decision on the bill in the governor's reception room. I said: "I have decided it is wrong for government to assume a role in something I have always believed was between a woman, her family, her doctor, and, if she chooses, her clergy." And I vetoed the bill.
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