Marianne Williamson on Abortion

Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger


2006: Mandatory counseling/(2014) No longer supports

In a 2006 radio interview, Williamson discussed the idea of instituting "speed bumps" for women contemplating abortion, including a mandatory three counseling sessions. In a subsequent interview, Williamson claimed the idea grew out her experience counseling women who were trying to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy. By the time of her 2014 congressional campaign, Williamson said she no longer supported the concept.
Source: National Review magazine, articles on 2020 candidates , Jul 1, 2019

Abortion is about private morality; government has no role

I believe that abortion is a moral issue, but I believe that it is an issue of private morality. I believe that it is an issue of private rather than public morality. The government should have nothing to do with our private morals. And therefore, I do not believe the government should have anything to do with a decision a woman is making for her body, anything that she does or does not do.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 Democratic primary , Apr 14, 2019

Resist any effort to restrict or limit reproductive rights

Abortion is a moral issue, but I do not believe the government of the US has the right to legislate our private morals. I believe the decision of whether or not to have an abortion lies solely with the pregnant woman, according to the dictates of her conscience. I do not feel the government has an appropriate right to deny or restrict that decision.

Therefore, I would vigorously resist any effort to restrict, limit, or diminish the reproductive rights and freedoms granted by Roe v. Wade.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Marianne2020.com , Apr 8, 2019

Calls herself 100% pro-choice

Williamson has affirmed her support for abortion, calling herself "one hundred percent pro-choice."
Source: Townhall.com: 2020 Democratic primary "Candidate profiles" , Mar 5, 2019

Ask for soul's wisdom on abortion, and surrender to God

I was once giving a lecture to a large audience when the subject of abortion came up. Tensions began to surface; a rip in the emotional fabric in the room was obvious to everyone.

I asked those in the room to close their eyes and remain in silence for two minutes. I asked that we look within ourselves and call on the spirit of goodness that resides there. I suggested we ask for the soul's wisdom regarding this issue, surrendering our perceptions into the hands of God.

After two minutes of silence, we resumed conversation. Everyone in the room was quieter, more accepting and compassionate toward the views of others, and more eloquent in stating their own views.

People were truly HEARD that night by people who had previously dismissed their views out of hand. The "right to answer" is not a particular view on policy, so much as an experience of each other in which the process of meaningful conversation is restored.

Source: Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson, p.214-5 , Jul 24, 2018

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

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