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John Paul Stevens on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
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Parental notification is lower priority than maternal health: Favors topic 1
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
Race-based college preference ok only if individualized: Strongly Favors topic 2
Favors affirmative action: Favors topic 2
College affirmative action ok to achieve racial diversity: Strongly 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
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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
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Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
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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
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Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Disallow taxpayer funding for parochial school materials: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+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
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Unsparing in objections to the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Favors defendantsí rights: Opposes topic 9
Statistical racial sentencing disparities unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
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Weaken the NRA by repealing the Second Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
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
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Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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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:
Support American Exceptionalism
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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
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Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Corporate political spending is not protected free speech: Favors topic 16
Let voters choose whom they please, without term limits: Opposes topic 16
Corporate speech can be restricted but not banned: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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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:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
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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
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John Paul Stevens is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive
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Former Justices:
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About John Paul Stevens:
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Page last updated: Sep 20, 2020