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Shannon O'Brien on Abortion

Former State Treasurer; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


History of protecting women's right to choose

O'Brien, as a state legislator, had a strong pro-choice voting record in both the House and Senate. She voted to protect the accessibility of abortion services for all women; helped ensure passage of the Clinic Access Bill; supported efforts to create buffer zones around abortion clinics; and co-sponsored legislation to create funding for abortion counseling for victims of rape and incest.
Source: Campaign website, www.ObrienGabrieli.com "Choice/Abortion" Sep 17, 2002

Changed her mind on abortion in 1990s

O'Brien defended changing her stance on abortion while she was a state lawmaker in the 1980s, when she opposed the practice except in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's health. She said voters could trust she would not change again because she had a "decade-long record in support of a woman's right to choose."

O'Brien said she changed her mind about abortion after listening to other women. "I determined that health included a woman's being able to control her own body," she said.

Source: Kevin Rothstein, The Patriot Ledger Apr 2, 2002

Will continue strong record of support for choice

Shannon supports a woman's right to choose, and as a state legislator, had a strong pro-choice voting record for eight years in the House and Senate. Shannon voted to protect the accessibility of abortion services for all women; helped ensure passage of the Clinic Access Bill; supported efforts to create buffer zones around abortion clinics; and co -sponsored legislation to create funding for abortion counseling for victims of rape and incest.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issue Briefs" Feb 16, 2002

Other governors on Abortion: Shannon O'Brien on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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