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The Candidates stances on Abortion

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The Candidates stances on Abortion

This week’s remarks by Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin brought abortion into the Presidential race for the first time this summer. We took a closer look at where all of the candidates and parties stand on abortion:

Republican: Pro-life
The party ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

Mitt Romney: Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child's health

Ron Paul: Pro-life
Introduced the Sanctity of Life Act four times over the past ten years, which defines life as beginning at conception at the Federal level.

Democrat: Pro-choice
Supports the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade.

Barack Obama: Pro-choice
Supports abortion rights but signed an executive order in 2010 that would maintain a ban on the use of federal money to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or if the life of a woman is in danger.

Libertarian: Pro-choice. I don't agree with it but it's not my right or the government's to ban abortion

Gary Johnson: Ban after the first trimester
Supports woman’s right to choose up until the fetus is viable. Johnson would ban late terms abortions from the federal level.

Green: Pro-choice
Supports full access to abortion, with funding, for all women in the U.S. and around the world.

Jill Stein: Pro-choice
Supports the Green Party position.

Justice Party: Pro-choice
Justice Party: Pro-Choice. The decision should be between a woman, her doctor, and anyone else she wants to have involved.

Rocky Anderson: Pro-choice
Supports the Justice Party position.

Constitutionalist Party: Pro-life
Under no circumstances may the federal government fund or otherwise support any state or local government or any organization or entity, foreign or domestic, which advocates, encourages or participates in the practice of abortion.

Virgil Goode: Pro-life
Would submit a budget to Congress with zero funding for planned parenthood and any other similar entities.

Socialist Party USA: Pro-choice
Supports every woman's right to choose when, if, and how to have children, including the right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy.

Stewart Alexander: Pro-choice
Supports the Socialist Party Position.

Rent is too Damn High: Pro-choice, I don't agree with it but it's not my right or the government's to ban abortion

Jimmy McMillan: Pro-choice, I don't agree with it but it's not my right or the government's to ban abortion

Where do you side on abortion? Find out by taking our presidential election quiz.

please, can we stop saying "pro-life"? everyone is pro-life unless they are suicidal. let us say, rather, "anti-choice" which is far more appropriate as well as more descriptive.

Connie Campbell

I think a woman has the right to do what ever she wants with her body. No one is going to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body America is a country of freedom. Why are men trying to change it. Maybe if we made it a law that they raise and take care of unwanted babies they would change their mind.

Bonnie Townley Jernagan

I believe the Abortion issue is a war on children. It shouldn't be Pro or Anti Abortion, but Pro or Anti Children. I am Pro Child. They are children upon conception.

John Voorhees

I think the term "pro-life" cuts through the web of misinformation surrounding abortion. It reveals the hard truth that an abortion takes a life and if there is any choice about it, it is the choice to end that life. I support a person's right to choose many things without government interference, but the choice to end the life of another human person, in or out of the mother's womb, is not one of them.

Gary Beaubouef

What blows my mind is that some of the biggest pacifists are those who support abortion. Isn't this a contradiction? If someone who believes that abortion is not wrong wants to get an abortion let them pay or agencies that support this pay with no government support. We who believe in the sactity of life should not be forced to have our taxes to the government support this by money that goes to Planned Parenthood and the like.

Bernie Wertley

Most people who are Pro choice have a problem with the label Pro Life because it casts a certain guilt. No one likes to be called a murderer...

Tim Berglund

The control of women's bodies should be considered a violation of human rights. I am curious what gives certain men the right to speak on and for women? It just makes no sense. But of course I think differently about this. I have no need to control any women.

Monica Cross

I am not FOR abortion, but would rather see women who are, especially very young women, who may be scared, to have the abortion in a clinic. Overturn Roe v Wade and back alley abortionists will set up overnight. Also, I do not understand how some of the people are Pro Life , but, at the same time are for the death penalty. Aren't both both playing God?

Rachel Ann Smith Dickerson

interesting that there are more men commenting on this than woman. yet there are more single parent moms than dads. draw your own conclusions from that...

Connie Campbell

The lives of children already born concerns me more. If we spent the time, efforts and money we spent on this issue on the children who are battered and abused, perhaps we could do more good in protecting and healing them. I worry about forcing a woman to bear a child that she does not want.....what kind of life will the child be forced to endure? And, I would like to ask the people who are so hatefully vociferous about abortion....have you adopted a child, have you fostered a child, have you helped in any form or fashion?

Dotti Chesney

It should not be a choice to kill a baby. If you get pregnant too bad. You should not have been having sex. A baby is a baby even if it is still in your belly. Anyone that has had an abortion in place of birth control should have their throat slit.

Valerie Fowler

Lets call it what it is: BABY KILLING. The question should be are you for baby killing or are you against baby killing.

Valerie Fowler

How about we call it - to murder a fetus or not to murder a fetus. A choice - to step on the bug or not to step on the bug. Pro-life = let living things live. DECIDE!

Patricia L Tanyhill

I'm pro life because the right to life extends to all people. Rights do not exist where other people's rights are harmed, thus no woman has a right to abort her child. A women does have the opportunity to not have a child, and can achieve through abstinence or contraception. A possible consequence of sex is a child (we know this). The reason for most abortions is this: convenience. Most murders in America are the result of the desire for convenience. Whatever the reason, murderers kill to create a better life for themselves. Whether it be money, the quality of life of the child, or shame, none of these justify murder- fetuses or otherwise. "I just don't believe the government should be telling women what to do with their uteri". Actually, because an action to one's womb will deprive a human of his right to life, it is just and good for the government to protect fetuses from their mothers if the mother means to harm it. "In order to me murder, it must be 'malicious'". B.S. I could easily murder somebody without being malicious. Anyway, the word you use to describe abortion doesn't have any useful effect on the debate. If I couldn't use the word "murder", I'd just stick with "abortion". No matter what argument you use to support abortion, a pretty rare one is the only one that really matters, as it is the one that is used by Roe in Roe v. Wade. And it is that since a mother never signed a contract with the child, the mother can terminate her pregnancy at the expense of the child. This of course is ridiculous: a fetus can't sign a contract. But forget that. As a law abiding citizen of the United States of America, the mother has in fact signed a contract with that child through what we know as the Social Contract. And when one breaks the social contract- which is that all of us will give up our freedom to ensure our rights- the government inflicts fine or penalties. Therefore the government has the right and responsibility to illegalize abortion and to punish those responsible for it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me exactally where I'm wrong.

David Bartlett

I'm copy pasting this from a "Pro-Life" person on my blog from a discussion about how to punish women who have abortions once conception = full citizenship. " the only women who would be dying of abortions in back alleyways are those women who believe abortion is a pretty keen idea, and there are quite a few pro-life folks who don't see that as a bad idea. From their point of view, abortion is the murdering of the most innocent life of all, and those same folks largely support the death penalty... so do you think they'll have any qualms about sentencing abortion-seeking women to death in a back alley?

Tiffany Sparks-Bramlett

I don't believe in death penalty unless there is enough DNA evidence to 100%, no doubt, prove, a person murdered, with intent, and shows that they have before, or, will again.

Rachel Ann Smith Dickerson

Which is more important, a freedom or a life, i say a life.

Bobby Weant

Is this a error, or does the Socialist Party USA self-identify as pro-life, while beginning their stance "Supports...right to choose..."? "Socialist Party USA: Pro-life. Supports every woman's right to choose when, if, and how to have children, including the right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy."

Phillip White

Only God just be the judge as to what life comes into this world and what life is taken out. God gave man/people dominion over the earth but not each other - God would have dominion over humans - but the fall of man over ruled that - but got still has power over life and death.

Patricia L Tanyhill

Connie, I agree; we would never use the term Pro-Abortion - no one wants abortion.

Al Sanza

It is Pro LIFE! no matter how you say it, a human life is destroyed, abortion is killing! We should place more education on the responsibility of having sex an not use abortion as another form of birth control or selective gender. Thou shalt not kill! And the aborter doctors & councelors lie to women and tell them that a soul enters a body at the time of birth and before this it is just a clump if cells. I had one and was told these lies and I have crarried regret in my heart that never leaves!

Roselee Haffad

What are all these attacks on planned parenthood about? It is one of the most educational and beneficial programs for young mothers to be that exists in the US. Most of its funding is used for contraception, std and pregnancy testing, and counseling. And this funding does not go far enough. If you believe that your opinion about abortion has something to do with the planned parenthood organization you are seriously ignorant. If abortion were illegal, the direct fiscal changes to planned parenthood would be miniscule (about 3% of their budget). Whether you be pro-life or be pro-choice, also try to be pro-education. Schools are severely limited in their sex education curriculum, religions leave too much medically necessary information out, and ignorant parents pretend like schools do enough. Planned parenthood fills this gap in std and pregnancy education. Leave them out of the abortion battle.

Steven Nelson

The question is REALLY do "WE WANT GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL OUR BODIES" to say and DO what ROMNEY views it to be! By viewing the debates, seems as if ROMNEY'S WIFE appears to be subservient in their marriage and will agree with HIM on every topic.

Cheryl Zubrycky

I CA;;N NOT & WILL NOT VOTE 4 A PERSON WHO BELEAVES IN KILLING BABIES;;; EVEN ROE V. WADE HAS SAID I QUOTE SAY'S IT WAS THE WRONG DECISSON & REGRETS IT NOW... A PERSONAL NOTE I KNEW A GIRL WHO HAD A ABORTION YR'S AGO SHE HAS BEEN IN & OUT OF MENTAIL INS. HER WHOLE LIFE 4 A MISTAKE SHE MADE SO MANY YR'S AGO''''' IT WILL FOLLOW U THE REST OF YOURE LIFE [I WOULD RATHER HAVE MY CHILD FOLLOWING ME 4 THE REST OF MY LIFE our country WILL NEVER PROSPER IF WERE KILLING THE NEXT GENERATION....OH I SEEN A BABY THAT WAS BORN AT 16 WKS. SHE HAD ALL HER FINGER & TOES DARK HAIR A BEAUTIFUL BABY''''''''''.

Charlotte Clark

I just came up with the plan of plans. This is based on the presumption the only deduction is charitable contribution. It is based on the current tax brackets and rates yet cut in half, and also everyone files as individuals and not spouses. Tax Rate......Individual.......Min after deduction. 5%.............$13125.........0% 7.5%..........$53250..........0% 12.5%.........$114675........0% 14%...........$198925........5% 16%........... $220625.......5% 18%...........$315975........5% 20%........... $390050.......5% No deductions except charitable contributions. Charitable contribution deduction formula, where T= tax rate, and D= deduction, and g= percent of income given, D=T-g/2. The rational behind this is that the government through deductions rewards one behavior it deems good like having kids and going to college and home ownership. This plan would free up individuals to be individuals and would ideally greatly reduce the need for government welfare.

David Bartlett