Rhode Island 2006 Senate Debate: on Abortion


Lincoln Chafee: Embryonic stem cell research could help with many diseases

Q: Do you favor federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research?

CHAFEE: I voted for a bill for federal funding. I believe it could help people with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and spinal cord injury.

WHITEHOUSE: There should be federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research because of its enormous promise. It's outrageous that Bush has used this as its one veto; to try to eliminate this research is shameful. It shows the Republicans being driven by ideology rather than science.

Source: 2006 RI Senate debate, by RIBA and WPRI-12 Sep 13, 2006

Lincoln Chafee: Leaving abortion to states means only wealthy have choice

Q: What if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?

CHAFEE: I have consistently voted against any federal attempt to ban women's reproductive freedom & choices. If it's left to the states, then only wealthy women will have access to abortions, if they have the resources to travel, whereas poor women would have to resort to the old days of difficult decisions.

WHITEHOUSE: I am pro-choice. I firmly believe that family planning decisions should be private, and that there's no role for government intrusion in those decisions. Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land by almost any legal standard. But unfortunately what we're seeing in Washington now, by Republicans, is a concerted & deliberate attempt to pack the Supreme Court with a particular ideology to try to undo rights that have been very long-settled, indeed settled by justices who were overwhelmingly appointed by Republican presidents. If Roe v. Wade is overturned I think those rights should be recognized at the state level.

Source: 2006 RI Senate debate, by RIBA and WPRI-12 Sep 13, 2006

Sheldon Whitehouse: Vetoing stem cell research shows GOP ideology over science

Q: Do you favor federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research?

CHAFEE: I voted for a bill for federal funding. I believe it could help people with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and spinal cord injury.

WHITEHOUSE: There should be federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research because of its enormous promise. It's outrageous that Bush has used this as its one veto; to try to eliminate this research is shameful. It shows the Republicans being driven by ideology rather than science.

Source: 2006 RI Senate debate, by RIBA and WPRI-12 (X-ref Chafee) Sep 13, 2006

Sheldon Whitehouse: Firmly believes family planning decisions should be private

Q: What if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?

CHAFEE: I have consistently voted against any federal attempt to ban women's reproductive freedom & choices. If it's left to the states, then only wealthy women will have access to abortions, if they have the resources to travel, whereas poor women would have to resort to the old days of difficult decisions.

WHITEHOUSE: I am pro-choice. I firmly believe that family planning decisions should be private, and that there's no role for government intrusion in those decisions. Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land by almost any legal standard. But unfortunately what we're seeing in Washington now, by Republicans, is a concerted & deliberate attempt to pack the Supreme Court with a particular ideology to try to undo rights that have been very long-settled, indeed settled by justices who were overwhelmingly appointed by Republican presidents. If Roe v. Wade is overturned I think those rights should be recognized at the state level.

Source: 2006 RI Senate debate, by RIBA and WPRI-12 (X-ref Chafee) Sep 13, 2006

  • The above quotations are from Video-recorded question-and-answer with Sheldon Whitehouse (D) and Lincoln Chafee (R). Hosted by the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, WPRI-12, and Fox-Providence. .
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2008 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
Republicans:
Chmn.John Cox
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov.Mike Huckabee
Rep.Duncan Hunter
Sen.John McCain
Rep.Ron Paul
Gov.Mitt Romney
Sen.Fred Thompson
Democrats:
Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John Edwards
Sen.Mike Gravel
Rep.Dennis Kucinich
Sen.Barack Obama
Third Parties:
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Mayor Mike Bloomberg
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