Fifth GOP presidential primary debate: on Abortion

Donald Trump: I got Roe v. Wade terminated and I'm proud to have done it

You wouldn't be asking that question even talking about the issue because for 54 years they were trying to get Roe. V. Wade terminated and I did it and I'm proud to have done it. They wanted to get it back, right? You wouldn't have that because there would be no question. Nobody else was going to get that done. And we did it and we did something that was a miracle.
Source: Fox News Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 10, 2024

Nikki Haley: Respect women instead of demonizing with fear or judgement

Gov. DESANTIS: She's trying to speak to different groups with different things.

HALEY: I am unapologetically pro-life. These fellows don't know how to talk about abortion. The Democrats put fear in women on abortion and Republicans have used judgment. This is too personal of an issue to put fear or judgment. Our goal should be: "How do we save as many babies as possible and support as many moms as possible?" That's what we're going to focus on doing. We're not going to demonize this issue anymore. We're not going to play politics with this issue anymore. We're going to treat it like the respectful issue that it is.

DESANTIS: When she says "pro-lifers need to stop talking about throwing women in jail," that's a trope. No one I've ever met thinks that.

HALEY: You keep saying, "where is anybody talking about putting a woman in jail or giving her the death penalty?" South Carolina. There is legislation right now that would put a woman in jail if she got an abortion. That's why I say that.

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate Jan 10, 2024

Ron DeSantis: Defend the rights of states to enact pro-life protections

Well, clearly, states have the primary role in this, because that's what it was all of American history until 1973. So, you have states like Iowa that have enacted heartbeat bill. Florida has enacted a heartbeat bill. Other states have done other things. And so that's just, I think, where the country is right now. So, we will be somebody that will defend particularly the rights of states to be able to enact pro-life protections.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 4, 2024

  • The above quotations are from Debates and Town Halls prior to the Iowa caucus on Jan. 15, 2024.
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2016 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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