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Christine O`Donnell on Abortion

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Endorsed by Family Research Council & anti-abortion groups

In the final weeks before the September 14 primary, she was the beneficiary of high-profile endorsements from two self-appointed Tea Party impresarios, Sarah Palin & ultra-conservative South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, and at the same time was buoyed by the sudden infusion of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from the California-based Tea Party Express. Also backed by the National Rifle Association, the Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council, & assorted anti-abortion groups, O'Donnell aroused passionate populist enthusiasm from right-wing GOP voters in 2 out of 3 Delaware counties, Kent and Sussex--counties that are more rural and socially conservative than the more populous New Castle County surrounding Wilmington. Boosted by an extraordinarily high turnout for a Delaware GOP primary, especially from Christian evangelicals, O'Donnell claimed a 53% to 47% victory over her establishment rival Mike Castle, a 9-term GOP House incumbent and popular former governor.
Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p.164 , Jan 2, 2012

Adult stem cell research over embryonic stem cell research

Q: What are your views on the federal allocation of funds used for stem cell research?

COONS: I would support stem cell research.

Q: We're talking about embryonic stem cell research.

COONS: Correct. I would support federal funding for medical research that includes embryonic stem cell research.

O'DONNELL: I think if we took an intellectually honest look at the research that's been put out there, you will see that there is incredible advances with adult stem cell research, not as much with embryonic stem cell research, because that is where this went on in the private sector. That is where investors would be putting their money. I would point to a program called the Snowflake Babies, where they have had incredible success adopting these human embryos that are going to be discarded for medical waste.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Converted to pro-life position

Coons reaffirmed his support for abortion rights, saying it should be "safe, legal and rare." O'Donnell recalled her personal history and her own conversion to a pro-life position.

O'Donnell did say she would support abortion in cases "where the life of the mother" was at risk. She recalled that her own family faced that situation with her sister in the past, though she didn't elaborate. O'Donnell called instances where the life of the mother is at risk "a personal family decision."

Source: The Hill coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Sep 16, 2010

Deal With Delaware: I will always vote in favor of life

Deal With Delaware: I will always vote in favor of life and in support of families.

Now more than ever we must elect Senators who have a real understanding and deep appreciation for human life. There has been a profound loss of respect for human dignity. We must renew the commitment to respect all human life on which the Republican Party was founded.

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.christineodonnell08.com , May 2, 2008

Pledges to always vote in favor of life

My Deal With Delaware is that I pledge I will always vote in favor of life and families. Now more than ever we must elect Senators who have a real understanding and deep appreciation for human life. There has been a profound loss of respect for all human life. Women are starting to come forward to break the silence about the mental and physical scars left on their lives by abortion. We must renew the commitment to respect all human life on which the Republican Party was founded.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.christineodonnell.com , Aug 31, 2006

Opposes giving legal protection to unborn children.

O'Donnell opposes the F2A survey question on abortion

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Giving legal protection to unborn children '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q1 on Sep 19, 2010

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