State of Illinois Archives: on Abortion


Jim Oberweis: Abortion procedure should be outlawed

When he first ran for the US Senate 12 years ago, Oberweis angered GOP conservatives by injecting the Taliban into the debate over abortion and declaring it a matter of "choice that government should stay out of." He later declared himself a staunch abortion opponent and vowed the procedure should be outlawed.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times on 2014 Illinois Senate race Nov 22, 2013

Doug Truax: Calls himself "very pro-life" & supports limiting abortion

On Teri O'Brien's radio show, Republican candidate Doug Truax confirmed that he will push for a debate with US Senator Dick Durbin before next November. Among a number of issues with which he disagrees with Durbin, Truax, a West Point grad, said the military should be allowed to interrogate jihadists and not be restricted from using means necessary to protect American lives.

He said he is "very pro-life," and unlike Durbin, would support policies that limit abortion. When O'Brien pointed out that Dick Durbin said in an interview that he changed from being pro-life to being radically pro-abortion because pro-life people he'd met in DC were so mean, Truax responded, "How's that for conviction?"

Source: Illinois Review on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Support Roe v. Wade; oppose Parental Notice law

Governor Quinn firmly believes that decision about a woman's body should be made by her and her doctor. He supports a woman's right to privacy and choice without restriction as embodied in Roe v. Wade.

In accordance with his beliefs that healthcare should not be predicated on income, Governor Quinn supports legislation restoring abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan. In addition, he supports legislation to repeal Illinois' 1995 Parental Notice of Abortion Law.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial website quinnforillinois.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias: Protect Roe v. Wade; fund prevention and contraception

The decision to have an abortion is a deeply personal and difficult one. Alexi is committed to protecting a woman's right to choose under Roe v. Wade, and opposes any constitutional amendment that would override that right.

Alexi supports more funding for preventive initiatives aimed at reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, including greater access to contraceptives that curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and comprehensive sex education programs that teach safe sex methods.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Dick Durbin: Abortion is a private decision

On social issues, Durbin, who once opposed abortion rights, defended his support for the procedure and called it a ďprivate decisionĒ that should be made by a woman, her doctor and her family. Sauerberg noted his opposition to abortion and said he and his family are actively involved in crisis pregnancy centers that provide women with an alternative.
Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in the Chicago Tribune Oct 7, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Provide women with an alternatives to abortion

On social issues, Durbin, who once opposed abortion rights, defended his support for the procedure and called it a ďprivate decisionĒ that should be made by a woman, her doctor and her family. Sauerberg noted his opposition to abortion and said he and his family are actively involved in crisis pregnancy centers that provide women with an alternative.
Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in the Chicago Tribune Oct 7, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Iím pro-baby, pro-mother and pro-family

Q: The one position no one seems to know is your position on abortion.

A: Actually, lots of people know.

Q: Okay, can we have your position in a sound byte?

A: If you want a sound byte, itís ĎIím pro-baby, pro-mother and pro-family.í Thatís the sound byte. My background is very simple: My wife and I have devoted thousands of dollars to CareNet crisis pregnancy center and others. My wife now raises funds for a number of different crisis pregnancy centers and organizations.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate: Illinois Review interview Jan 20, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Born Alive Infant Protection Act is basic humanity

Q: Barack Obama is facing questions for his position while in the Illinois legislature as to his position on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Obama opposed it, as the state version included punishment for doctors who allowed babies born alive to die

A: Iíve delivered 500 babies and I cannot imagine a baby that had potential viability being abandoned. The concept would not have occurred to me, nor would it occur to many physicians, I can tell you that--itís just basic humanity to me.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate: Illinois Review interview Jan 20, 2008

Alan Keyes: Pro-choice stance is the slaveholderís position

Q: Doesnít your pro-life stance conflict with your support of the death penaty?

KEYES: It doesnít conflict at all. Abortion and capital punishment are at different level of moral concern.

OBAMA: Itís unfortunate that with the death penalty Mr. Keyes respects that people may have a different point of view but with the issue of abortion he has labeled people everything as terrorists to slaveholders to being consistent with Nazism for holding an opposing point of view.

KEYES: Mr. Obama has read the newspapers too much. I donít call people names. I make arguments. And in point of fact, [the pro-choice stance] is the slaveholderís position. Slaveholders took the view that black people were not developed enough to be treated as human beings and therefore can be bought and sold like animals. People looking at the babe in the womb take the view that it is not developed enough to be treated as a human being and therefore can be killed at will.

Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Barack Obama: Moral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive

Q: [to Keyes]: Doesnít your pro-life stance conflict with your support of the death penalty?

KEYES: It doesnít conflict at all. Abortion and capital punishment are at different level of moral concern. Abortion is intrinsically, objectively wrong and sinful whereas capital punishment is a matter of judgment, which is not in and of itself a violation of moral right. The question of whether or not you should apply capital punishment depends on circumstances and itís an area where Catholics have a right to debate and disagree.

OBAMA: Now I agree with Mr. Keyes that the death penalty and abortion are separate cases. Itís unfortunate that with the death penalty Mr. Keyes respects that people may have a different point of view but with the issue of abortion he has labeled people everything as terrorists to slaveholders to being consistent with Nazism for holding an opposing point of view. That kind of rhetoric is not helpful in resolving a deeply emotional subject.

Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Alan Keyes: Running because of Obamaís extreme pro-abortion votes

[In looking over Obamaís] record, I was absolutely convinced that SOMEBODY had to run against Barack Obama! But if [his liberal voting record] had been the only points of difference between us, it would not have been me!

What finally caught my eye, is when I learned that he had, in April 2002, apparently cast a vote that would continue to allow live birth abortions in the state of Illinois.

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Alan Keyes: Running because of Obamaís extreme pro-abortion votes

[In looking over Obamaís] record, I was absolutely convinced that SOMEBODY had to run against Barack Obama! But if [his liberal voting record] had been the only points of difference between us, it would not have been me!

What finally caught my eye, is when I learned that he had, in April 2002, apparently cast a vote that would continue to allow live birth abortions in the state of Illinois.

We are talking about a situation in which, in the course of an abortion procedure, a child has been born alive, is out of the womb, breathing and living on its own, and he cast a vote against the idea that we should not stand by and let that child die!

Now, some may see in that only an issue of sentiment and emotion, but I have to tell you that that involves an issue of the deepest principle for the people of this state and for our nation as a whole.

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Barack Obama: Protect a womanís right to choose

For almost a decade, Obama has been a leader in the Illinois legislature in the battle to protect a womanís right to choose and promote equal economic rights and opportunities.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

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2012 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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