State of Arizona Archives: on Abortion


Fred DuVal: Criticized anti-abortion legislation

DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for "disappointing") and F (for "failure") for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer's push to deny driver's licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids. DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for "disappointing") and F (for "failure") for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer's push to deny driver's licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.
Source: AZ Illustrated Politics on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 4, 2014

Joe Dorman: Pro-life legislative voting history

Joe Dorman voted YEA on each of the following House bills related to abortion:
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of Arizona Legislative voting records Mar 12, 2013

Richard Carmona: Championed women's health and pre-natal health services

Carmona served in the Bush administration as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General. In that position, he championed women's health care and pre-natal health services. He left the position after the administration tried to make health care a political issue.
Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Give every woman access & choice in reproductive healthcare

Throughout my time as US Surgeon General, I remained steadfast in my belief that every woman should have access to comprehensive health care, including retaining access to reproductive health care options and FDA-approved prescription contraceptives.

As a medical doctor, I know that a woman's access and choice of reproductive health care options is an intensely personal decision left best decided by a woman and her physician. I also believe it is important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the United States through supporting medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education for our kids, taking steps to prevent teen pregnancy and providing access to pre-natal care for all women.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Mitt Romney: Church employee birth control violates religious conscience

Q: Birth control is the latest hot topic. Do you believe in birth control, and if not, why?

ROMNEY: In the previous debate, we wondered why in the world did contraception come up? Well, we found out when Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience. I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama. Most recently requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees health care insurance that would include birth control, sterilization and the morning-after pill. Unbelievable. And he retried to retreat from that but he retreated in a way that was not appropriate, because these insurance companies now have to provide these same things and obviously the Catholic Church will end up paying for them.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Mitt Romney: MA churches can choose to not provide morning-after pills

Q: Speaker Gingrich has said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Did you?

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their part. Likewise, there's a provision in Massachusetts General Law that says people don't have to have coverage for contraceptives or other type of medical devices which are contrary to their religious teachings. Churches also don't have to provide that.

GINGRICH: Well, the reports we got were quite clear that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law. When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Opposing contraception isn't extreme; legal infanticide is

Q: Birth control is the latest hot topic. Do you believe in birth control, and if not, why?

GINGRICH: Two quick points. The first is there is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes. That's legitimate. But I just want to point out, not once did in the 2008 campaign did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. If we're going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion.

ROMNEY: In the previous debate, we wondered why in the world did contraception come up? Well, we found out when Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience. I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Ron Paul: Morning-after pill same as birth control pill; not immoral

Q: Sen. Santorum said he would talk about what "no president has talked about before--the dangers of contraception." Your thoughts?

PAUL: As an OB doctor, I've dealt with birth control pills and contraception for a long time. This is a consequence of government control of medical insurance. The problem is the government is getting involved in things they shouldn't be involved in, especially at the federal level. But along the line of the pills creating immorality, I don't see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills. So you don't blame the pills. The pills can't be blamed for the immorality of our society.

GINGRICH: When government provides a morning-after abortion pill [under ObamaCare], you inevitably move towards tyranny.

PAUL: Actually, the morning-after pill is nothing more than a birth control pill, so if you legalize birth control pills, you really can't separate the two. They're all basically the same, hormonally.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Jim Pederson: Kyl proposed an abortion amendment with zero exceptions

Q: Why do both your ads have to be so negative?

KYL: Some of his ads are downright false, distortions even according to the Arizona print media. In one ad he suggests I want to make it a crime for women to have an abortion. I donít. I never did. Thereís never been a bill in the Congress to do that. Why would you take such a sensitive and emotional subject and put that in an ad that absolutely lies about somebodyís career?

PEDERSON: You sponsored two constitutional amendments to prohibit abortion. You could have made an exception for rape. You could have made an exception for incest. You could have made an exception for the health of the mother. You didnít. If those constitutional amendments had passed, all of those provisions would have been contained in the constitution. We told the truth in that ad.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix (X-ref Kyl) Oct 15, 2006

Jon Kyl: I have never voted to make abortion illegal

Q: Why do both your ads have to be so negative?

KYL: Some of his ads are downright false, distortions even according to the Arizona print media. In one ad he suggests I want to make it a crime for women to have an abortion. I donít. I never did. Thereís never been a bill in the Congress to do that. Why would you take such a sensitive and emotional subject and put that in an ad that absolutely lies about somebodyís career?

PEDERSON: You sponsored two constitutional amendments to prohibit abortion. You could have made an exception for rape. You could have made an exception for incest. You could have made an exception for the health of the mother. You didnít. If those constitutional amendments had passed, all of those provisions would have been contained in the constitution. We told the truth in that ad.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix Oct 15, 2006

George W. Bush: No litmus test except interpretation of the Constitution

KERRY: I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade. The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people heís tried to appoint to the court he wants to. I will not.

MODERATOR: Kerry claims that you had never said whether you would like to overturn Roe v. Wade. Would you?

BUSH: What heís asking me is, will I have a litmus test for my judges? And the answer is, no, I will not have a litmus test. I will pick judges who will interpret the Constitution, but Iíll have no litmus test.

KERRY: The president didnít answer the question. Iíll answer it straight to America. Iím not going to appoint a judge to the Court whoís going to undo a constitutional right, whether itís the 1st Amendment, or the 5th Amendment, or some other right thatís given under our Constitution. And I believe that the right of choice is a constitutional right. I donít intend to see it undone. Clearly, the president wants to leave in ambivalence or intends to undo it.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: No undoing Constitutional rights, including right of choice

KERRY: I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade. The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people heís tried to appoint to the court he wants to. I will not.

MODERATOR: Kerry claims that you had never said whether you would like to overturn Roe v. Wade. Would you?

BUSH: What heís asking me is, will I have a litmus test for my judges? And the answer is, no, I will not have a litmus test. I will pick judges who will interpret the Constitution, but Iíll have no litmus test.

KERRY: The president didnít answer the question. Iíll answer it straight to America. Iím not going to appoint a judge to the Court whoís going to undo a constitutional right, whether itís the 1st Amendment, or the 5th Amendment, or some other right thatís given under our Constitution. And I believe that the right of choice is a constitutional right. I donít intend to see it undone. Clearly, the president wants to leave in ambivalence or intends to undo it.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Gabby Giffords: Abortions should always be legally available

Source: 2000 Arizona State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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