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Charlie Crist on Abortion

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Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions

Crist, seated to the left of both Meek and Rubio, but trying to position himself as a bridge between liberal and conservative extremes that he said are crippling Congress. Crist said he left the Republican Party this spring on principle, because the part had become "intolerant."

"The Republican Party and the right wing of that party went so far right, it's exactly why Marco Rubio stayed there, it's exactly the same reason that I left," said Crist. "He wants to overturn--listen to me, women watching-- overturn Roe vs. Wade. He does not support stem-cell research; you know, these are extreme views that I am not comfortable with."

Meek said Crist's decision was more pragmatic. "We know why the governor is running as an independent--because he couldn't beat Marco Rubio," Meek said.

As an independent candidate, Crist vetoed an education package championed by Republican legislators, along with a bill requiring women to get ultrasound exams before abortions.

Source: Ft. Myers News-Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion

Crist repeatedly mocked the tea party movement while attacking Rubio, calling him an extremist for wanting to outlaw abortion. "You haven't been drinking the Kool-Aid, my friend, you've been drinking too much tea and it's just wrong," Crist told Rubio.

"I think it's always funny to listen to the governor attack me for the positions he himself held just six months ago, when he was trying to be the biggest conservative in the world and win the Republican primary," Rubio said.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate Debate Oct 6, 2010

Defend parental notification rights

Charlie was victorious in defending parental notification rights before the Florida Supreme Court.
Source: Campaign website, www.charliecrist.com, “Issues” Nov 7, 2006

Prohibit partial-birth abortion

Source: Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Abortion is a personal decision; but ban partial-birth

Q: Would you support a constitutional amendment to ban all abortion?

A: No, I would not. I think this is a very personal decision. And I think it is a decision that a woman should make and have the right to make after consulting with her family, her physician, and her clergy. But not her government. Having said that, there's another issue that's on the table right now that deals with this sensitive area, and it's called "partial birth abortion." And I must tell you, I think it is wrong. I think it should stop. And I think that as a member of the United States Senate in January of 1999, I would vote to stop it. Unfortunately, my opponent, Bob Graham, has voted not once, not twice, but three times to continue to allow this brutal procedure to go forward. And I just don't think it's reasonable. And I think it's extreme.

Source: St. Petersburg Times debate: Bob Graham vs. Charlie Crist Oct 19, 1998

Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism.

Crist supports the CC survey questions on abortion & strict interpretation

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1 on Aug 11, 2010

Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research.

Crist opposes the CC survey question on banning stem-cell research

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research". [Supporting this statement means the candidate would ban such research; opposing it means the candidate would allow such research].

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1a on Aug 11, 2010

Other candidates on Abortion: Charlie Crist on other issues:
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Rick Scott
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Bill Nelson
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