2016 AFA iVoterGuides: on Abortion


Alex Merced: Invest in technology & charity to reduce number of abortions

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Merced: Allowed or Not Allowed, Abortions will happen unless you change incentives. I rather encourage people to stop donating to political organization and instead to charities to support women during pregnancy to help them choose life. Also investing money into technology to help remove a child safely from the womb earlier will help. These investments in technology and private charity will go much further than any political solution will in reducing the number of abortions and preserving life.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Merced: Moderate

Q: Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Merced: I'm 100% passionate Libertarian and you can see my record of talking about limited government in over 2000 videos on youtube.com/alexmerced,

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 NewYork Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Darryl Glenn: Life begins at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Glenn: I am ardently pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. I recognize that the current state of our law has created exceptions for rape, incest, and in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Nov 8, 2016

David Kustoff: No exceptions for any circumstances

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Kustoff: Should not be allowed; no exceptions.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Kustoff: Very Conservative

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Tennessee House race Nov 8, 2016

Don Bacon: Life starts at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Bacon: I believe life starts at conception, and that we're all made in God's image and fearfully and wonderfully made. I do believe in the principle of "double effect" meaning that we should do everything possible to save the life of the mother and preborn child. Sometimes in an effort to save the mother the preborn child cannot be saved.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Nebraska House race Nov 8, 2016

Donald Trump: Unpredictable abortion funding good; Planned Parenthood bad

Q: Should Planned Parenthood receive funds from federal or state governments?

Trump: "I do not want to say that because I want to show unpredictability. You have to. You can't just go around and say that. But Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what's going on with that, it's terrible. And many of the things should be defunded and many things should be cut."; "I would look at the individual things that they do and maybe some of the things are good," Trump said. "We have to take care of women. We have to absolutely take care of women. The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should not--absolutely should not--be funded."

Clinton: "I have seen excerpts from [the anti-Planned Parenthood videos]. And I have certainly read about them. And what I am troubled by are the misleading, inaccurate allegations about them that we heard from Republicans at their debate."

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 presidential hopefuls Nov 8, 2016

Drew Ferguson: Life beings at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Ferguson: I believe that life beings at conception.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Georgia House race Nov 8, 2016

Frank Gilbert: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Gilbert: To save the mother's life and in cases of rape or incest.

Q: What in the nature of mankind caused America's Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Gilbert: Men tend to naturally consolidate power and then use/abuse it. The Constitution was designed to provide limits on such power and to provide the checks and balances that would keep one person or group from acquiring too much power.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Troubled by misleading allegations about Planned Parenthood

Q: Should Planned Parenthood receive funds from federal, state, or local governments?

Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning members of the U.S. House that she will personally urge pro-abortion President Barack Obama to veto a State Department funding bill over cuts to groups that perform and promote abortions. Clinton said, "I have seen excerpts from [the anti-Planned Parenthood videos]. And I have certainly read about them. And what I am troubled by are the misleading, inaccurate allegations about them that we heard from Republicans at their debate. This is really an attack on Planned Parenthood, which provides a lot of health services, from cancer screenings, to contraceptive services, to so many other of the needs women have."

Trump: "Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what's going on with that, it's terrible. We have to take care of women. The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should not--absolutely should not--be funded."

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 presidential hopefuls Nov 8, 2016

Jack Bergman: Only allow abortion when maternal life at risk

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Bergman: When the life of the mother is at risk based on her decision.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Michigan House race Nov 8, 2016

James Comer: Abortion should NEVER be allowed, except for maternal life

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Comer: NEVER, unless it would somehow prevent the death of the mother.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Kentucky House race Nov 8, 2016

Jerry Moran: Life from conception is sacred and must be defended

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Moran: I am, and always have been, pro-life. Life is precious and deserves our respect and protection. During my time in Congress, I have used my voice and vote to further the cause of life and defend the unborn. Science demonstrates that each human life begins at conception and I believe that the right to life guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is vested in each human being. This right is sacred and must be defended. I support legislation protecting life at its earliest stages, and in response to the practices of convicted abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, I sponsor a ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Furthermore, I believe that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund the end of innocent human life through elective abortion and have voted to prevent the use of public money for this practice.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Kansas Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Jodey Arrington: All human life is a gift from God and begins at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Arrington: Only to save the life of the mother. I believe all human life is a gift from God and begins at conception and lasts until natural death. At all stages, our laws should be directed at protecting life.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Texas House race Nov 8, 2016

Joe Miller: Roe v. Wade is judicial activism at its worst

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Miller: I believe that every life deserves the protection of the government. Roe v. Wade is an example of judicial activism at its worst, running contrary to the Constitution's clear mandate to protect life. Rare instances may occur where we cannot save both the life of the mother and the child. In such cases, we should save the life we can.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Alaska Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Mark Callahan: Abortion is murder

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Callahan: None. Abortion is murder. There are always other options to abortion.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Oregon House race Nov 8, 2016

Matt Gaetz: Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Gaetz: I am 100% pro-life. We must fight to protect life at every step. Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision that has severely hurt our country. I am pro-life without exception.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Florida House race Nov 8, 2016

Misty Snow: Don't interfere with private medical decisions of women

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Snow: I don't think politicians should be passing laws that interfere with the private medical decisions of women. Only a woman and her doctor can properly determine if and when an abortion is appropriate.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Utah Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Neal Dunn: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Dunn: In the very rare cases of rape and incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Florida House race Nov 8, 2016

Richard Shelby: Roe v. Wade flawed on both a constitutional & moral basis

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Shelby: I am resolutely pro-life and believe that the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which it decided that abortion is a constitutional right, is terribly flawed on both a constitutional and moral basis. I believe that it is our ethical and moral duty to protect the dignity of human life, particularly when it comes to the lives of the most vulnerable members of the human race. I have consistently voted to prevent the use of any federal funds to perform abortions. I am also a cosponsor of S. 1553, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." S. 1553 would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks with the exception of saving the mother's life or in the event of rape or incest.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Alabama Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Ron Johnson: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Johnson: Abortions should be allowed in the case if rape and incest, or when the life of the mother is endangered

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Warren Davidson: Life begins at conception

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Davidson: I oppose abortion. I know that life begins at conception and seek to see that reflected in our Constitution. In all cases both lives matter.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Ohio House race Nov 8, 2016

Wendy Long: Attempt to save life of child if you must do abortion

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Long: To save the life of the mother but an attempt should be made to save the life of the child as well.

Q: Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Long: All of my statements and work for Americans United for Life

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 NewYork Senate race Nov 8, 2016

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2016 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Republicans:
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)
Democrats:
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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