Thursday, October 25, 2007

Candidate Review - Abortion - Mitt Romney

Well Romney's stance isn't exactly highlighted either, although I suppose that's probably because everybody knows that it has changed over the years. And what there is of his stance, isn't as definitive as some of the others (although he does, of course, say that he's pro-life).
"I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate."
Does the candidate believe Abortion to be murder? It's unclear. Does he think it's ok for babies to be aborted in Oregon but not in Georgia? Presumably. A much weaker statement compared to, say, Huckabee.

One closing note, Republicans probably care a lot more about this issue then Democrats. Republicans are eager to show off their stance on this issue (except where their stance isn't the expected one), Democrats are somewhat less eager to highlight their position on this issue. Presumably that's because Republicans are fighting to change the Status Quo and Democrats are fighting to preserve it. It's expected that the Democrats will try to uphold the current set up (or expand Reproductive Rights) but it's not very exciting. And while for most Democrats it's a necessary qualification, it's no where near a sufficient qualification.

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