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John Paul Stevens on Abortion
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  • Supported overturning state ban on partial-birth abortion. (Oct 2002)
  • Favors abortion rights. (Dec 2000)
  • Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose. (Jun 1992)
John Paul Stevens on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Paul Stevens on Civil Rights
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  • Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Favors affirmative action. (Dec 2000)
  • Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity. (Jun 2003)
  • State laws can protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crime sentencing without a jury is unconstitutional. (Jun 2000)
  • Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts should accept gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies. (Apr 2003)
John Paul Stevens on Crime
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  • Government is responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Unsparing in objections to the death penalty. (Oct 2002)
  • Favors defendantsí rights. (Dec 2000)
  • Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search. (Jan 2000)
  • No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence. (Apr 2000)
  • Can't lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Drugs
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  • No tactile inspection by police for drugs. (Apr 2000)
  • No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs. (Nov 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Education
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  • Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation. (Jun 2002)
  • Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Disallow taxpayer funding for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Energy & Oil
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  • Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
John Paul Stevens on Environment
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  • Eminent domain ok for promoting economic development. (Feb 2011)
  • Congress, not EPA, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain applies to public economic development. (Jun 2005)
  • Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
  • OK to sue polluters for past pollution. (Jan 2000)
  • Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies. (Jan 2001)
John Paul Stevens on Families & Children
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  • Balance visitation rights between parent & child interests. (Jun 2000)
  • Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime. (May 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Foreign Policy
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  • UN Charter doesn't require heeding International Court. (Mar 2008)
John Paul Stevens on Free Trade
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John Paul Stevens on Government Reform
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  • Against state term limits on candidates for congress. (Dec 2000)
  • Votes with liberal bloc against statesí rights. (Dec 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Gun Control
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  • Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause. (Jan 1995)
  • Right to gun ownership is collective, not individual. (Jun 2008)
John Paul Stevens on Health Care
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  • Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules. (Jun 2001)
  • States have authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
  • States decide insurance issues, not federal government. (Jun 2006)
John Paul Stevens on Homeland Security
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  • All-male military schools like VMI must admit women. (Dec 2003)
  • US must charge crimes or suspend habeas to hold citizen. (Jun 2004)
  • Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts. (Jun 2004)
John Paul Stevens on Immigration
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  • 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely. (Apr 2003)
John Paul Stevens on Jobs
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  • Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Employers must get employee agreement for comp time rules. (May 2000)
John Paul Stevens on Principles & Values
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John Paul Stevens on Social Security
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John Paul Stevens on Tax Reform
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John Paul Stevens on Technology
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  • Newspapers may electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
  • Free speech protects Playboy Channel from "signal bleed" law. (Oct 2002)
John Paul Stevens on War & Peace
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John Paul Stevens on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supported overturning state ban on partial-birth abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Favors affirmative action: Favors topic 2
Hate crime sentencing without a jury is unconstitutional: Opposes topic 2
Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Favors topic 3
Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity: Favors topic 3
State laws can protect gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Boy Scouts should accept gay scoutmasters: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules: Strongly Favors topic 5
States have authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Favors topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Disallow taxpayer funding for parochial school materials: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Congress, not EPA, determines when cost-benefit applies: Favors topic 8
Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Eminent domain applies to public economic development: Opposes topic 8
Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Unsparing in objections to the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Favors defendantsí rights: Opposes topic 9
Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search: Opposes topic 9
No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence: Opposes topic 9
Can't lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Opposes topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause: Opposes topic 10
Right to gun ownership is collective, not individual: Opposes topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Favors topic 12
INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
US must charge crimes or suspend habeas to hold citizen: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts: Opposes topic 14
UN Charter doesn't require heeding International Court: Strongly Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force: Opposes topic 18
States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs: Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

John Paul Stevens is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive.
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