John Cox on Abortion
Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)
A: This issue tears this country apart. And it shouldn’t. I’m a Christian. Most of you, if not all of you, are Christians or Jews. We believe in the right to life. We need to talk to the American people about responsibility. You know, in 1955, my mother already had a child. She conceived me, and my real father walked out. If abortion had been legal in 1955, I wouldn’t be standing here before you today. This is personal to me. It’s about responsibility. My mother took responsibility for me. She’s glad she did, and I’m glad she did, and my children are glad she did. And that’s what we need to talk about on this issue, with the American people. I, too, will make sure I appoint judges that don’t make the law, but will interpret it only. We need to end the reign of the activist judges, and restore some sanity to the right to life.
HUCKABEE: Are we being asked to apply a Mexican law to the US?
Q: It’s the principle of not giving our tax dollars to organizations within our country that actively promote or provide abortions. It’s an American law.
BROWNBACK: This is Ronald Reagan’ policy that we wouldn’t use federal funds to support organizations that promote abortions overseas.
HUNTER: It’s actually a UN policy.
KEYES: Actually, it was a policy of the Mexico City Population Conference. I was the deputy chairman. I actually negotiated the language into the final resolution at that conference.
Q: I want to know, will you defund Planned Parenthood?
A: I absolutely believe the Constitution should be followed to the letter. There should also not be provisions created out of whole cloth. There is no ‘right of privacy’ in the Constitution. If people feel there ought to be, which I might agree with, then they should follow the procedure included in the Constitution to change it. Get the approval of the states as is provided. Of course, the next question after that would be if a right of privacy would allow abortion. To me, the right of privacy is just that--a right to have some measure of privacy from big government interference. Abortion is murder--plain and simple--and that should be regulated by state law.
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