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Andrew Straw on Abortion

 

 


No abortion for characteristics selection; that's eugenics

People try to peg me as one way or the other on abortion when I think the issue is much more complex. We have to start with the fundamental conflict between the humanity of the developing fetus and the rights of the woman over her own body.

The 5th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution protect life and liberty, in that order.

Two different examples show the conflict. A woman should have the absolute right to abort a fetus that came from rape. Absent rape, if a woman aborts because the fetus belongs to a disfavored civil rights group such as disability or race or ethnicity or nationality, there should be restrictions. The United States should not condone eugenics.

Source: OnTheIssues email interview of 2020 candidate , Apr 26, 2019

A fetus has rights; treat abortion like euthanasia

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Oppose "unrestricted" It should be illegal to have an abortion for a civil rights-suppressing purpose, such as solely on the basis of disability or race or sex of the fetus.

Q: So if a woman makes the decision herself, that's ok? As long as her reason is not about disability or race or gender? In other words, you'd agree with "Abortion is a woman's restricted right"?

A: Let me be clear. A fetus has rights and that is why they have civil rights. If a woman was not involved in the pregnancy, she would have˙NO RIGHT˙to kill her own child just like she has no right to do euthanasia against a disabled person or a senior or some adult who was a certain race or gender. Abortion is actually killing someone and if that makes the calculus difficult, that's too bad. Deal with it. A woman does not have an unrestricted total right to kill her fetus and no number of federal judges can change this.

Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate , Mar 2, 2018

Since 1973, courts allowed parents to kill their children

Abortion is not an abstract notion. Since 1973, tens of millions of Gen X babies were aborted. Have you never wondered why that generation is so much smaller than the ones around it? I feel my generation is smaller because the Baby Boomer parents discovered that the federal courts would allow them to kill their children.
Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate , Mar 2, 2018

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