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Rocky Anderson on Abortion

Justice Party challenger for President; former mayor of Salt Lake City


Contraceptive services comprehensively provided, and free

We've seen in the last 25 years a doubling of maternal mortality in this country. We see African-American women dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth at a rate of more than three times as many as white women. The impacts on women in the workplace are still so evident, and yet we don't see the kind of enforcement that we need from those charged with enforcement in government. So we need that kind of leadership. We need the kinds of examples.

When I was practicing law, I know how difficult it is for private plaintiffs to bring these cases. You need the help of government. I also served two different terms on the board of Planned Parenthood in Utah, and I know the huge difference that good family planning, education and services makes for everybody, men and women together. And contraceptive services need to be comprehensively provided, and without charge. It pays off great dividends over the long haul.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 16, 2012

Abortion is a woman's right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's right"?

A: Strongly Support

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Feb 10, 2012

Leave abortion decision to those most intimately involved

"I've always felt the decision of having an abortion in early term must be left up to those most intimately involved. It should be outside government control. But I've worked for years, my emphasis has been, that we need to educate and promote family planning. Stop unwanted pregnancies, then we don't face" the decision of abortion. Anderson is a former board member of and has provided legal aid to Planned Parenthood of Utah.
Source: Bob Bernick in Deseret News, "Proud to Back" , May 7, 1996

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Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
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