State of California Archives: on Abortion


Kamala Harris: Rated 100% pro-choice; 0% pro-life

Group ratings on abortion rights:

Mission statement: "CPLC is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian grassroots organization dedicated to the cessation of the perceived need for abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. We believe this goal will be accomplished on two fronts: (1) working within the law to change the law and (2) changing public opinion through education." The organization endorsed the following representatives in that year."

Mission statement: "NARAL Pro-Choice California is the political arm of the pro-choice movement. We educate voters about reproductive rights in California. We provide resources and information for voters who want to support pro-choice legislation and elect pro-choice legislators."

Source: Project Vote-Smart ratings on 2016 California Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Duf Sundheim: Right to abortion is a gating issues

Republicans are poised to field a pro-abortion, same-sex marriage-supporting Senate candidate, testing the theory that they might be relevant if only they'd concede defeat on social issues. Duf Sundheim, a self-described `balding 60 year-old white guy,` says, `For a lot of people, [abortion and gay marriage] are gating issues; it sends a broader message about whether you're inclusive, whether you're a good listener, whether you're able to identify with people and you're able to share their concerns.`
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Ted Lieu: 100% ratings from pro-choice groups

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: Human life begins at conception

Q: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death?

Knight: Strongly Agree

Q: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances?

Knight: I am pro-life and believe that life begins at conception.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Supports abortion rights

The same characteristics that set Kashkari apart from traditional Republicans are the factors that will make June's primary election tough for him, said one pundit. Kashkari is fiscally conservative, but supports abortion rights and gay marriage. He owns a gun, but he's in favor of requiring background checks before all firearms sales.
Source: Mercury News on 2014 California Gubernatorial race Jan 21, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Government out of our lives on abortion

On abortion: "I just want the government out of our lives, and that's true on marriage, and on abortion."
Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2014 California governor race Nov 14, 2013

Jerry Brown: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013.
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Oct 9, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 30, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 26, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 26, 2013

Norma Torres: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Norma Torres voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 26, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Steve Knight voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 26, 2013

Ted Lieu: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Governor, 10/9/2013. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 154 Aug 26, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: GOP rejects abortion in case of rape & incest

Villaraigosa told Fox News that Democrats have a "plan to take us forward."

"I don't want to describe either Gov. Mitt Romney or the Republicans as stupid, but I will say if you look at their platform, the 2012 platform, it looks like it is from another century and maybe even two. It looks like the platform of 1812," Villaraigosa said.

"When you see that they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, providing 32 million people with health care with no alternative plan of their own, they call for the deportation of 11 million people. No country in the world has ever done that. They don't believe in abortion in the case of rape and incest. It is it a platform that's from another century."

Source: Voxxi.com on 2014 California governor's race Sep 2, 2012

Gloria La Riva: Right to abortion regardless of ability to pay

Q: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

Pro-choice

Q: Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?

No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

Yes.

Q: Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?

No.

La Riva adds, "I believe healthcare, including the access to abortions and other reproductive services, is a right regardless of their ability to pay."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Gloria La Riva: Supports embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Julia Brownley: Supports embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Bill Jones: Pro-life except in cases of rape, incest, or maternal health

Like most Americans, I have a deep and abiding belief in the value of all life -- including that of the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. I struggle with the abortion issue, seeking to find the best way to reconcile the competing considerations and different viewpoints. Recognizing that there are people of good will on both sides of this difficult issue, my view could best be characterized as predominantly pro-life except in cases of rape, incest, or when the motherís life is endangered.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, jonesforcalifornia.com Aug 13, 2004

Bill Jones: Oppose partial birth; support parental notification

I oppose partial birth abortions and support parental notification when an abortion is being considered by anyone under 18 years old. It is not my intention to impose my personal beliefs on abortion, and I will not use this issue as a litmus test for judges or other policy decisions. It is my contention that Senator Boxer has inappropriately applied a litmus test regarding this issue to judicial appointments.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, jonesforcalifornia.com Aug 13, 2004

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