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Bob Smith on Abortion

Republican Sr Senator (NH; retired 2002)


Abortion is not a woman's right

Q: Do you support or oppose that abortion is a woman's right?

A: Strongly oppose.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Mar 4, 2010

Against all aspects of abortion; for Human Life Amendment

A consistent pro-life leader with a perfect pro-life voting record for his entire 13 years in Congress, Smith introduced legislation in 1995 to ban the procedure of infanticide, better known as partial-birth abortion. He [worked to] stop federal funding of human embryo research and to eliminate federal funding of abortions. He is the prime sponsor of the Human Life Constitutional Amendment and a bill establishing the personhood of the unborn child from the moment of conception.
Source: www.smithforpresident.org/issues.htm May 19, 1999

Against taxpayer-funded abortions at military hospitals

Smith today led the fight against repealing current law and allowing abortions to be performed at military hospitals. “Millions of American taxpayers, myself included, believe that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life. We should not be forced to pay for a procedure with our tax money that violates our fundamental and deeply held belief in the sanctity of life. [Let’s] keep the military out of the business of abortion.”
Source: www.SmithForPresident.org/news.htm “Block Abortions” May 2, 1999

Pro-life litmus test for Supreme Court

As President, I would send Congress a bill protecting the unborn from the moment of fertilization. I introduced the Personhood bill this week in the Senate, and I would sign it as President. The right to life is the moral issue of OUR day, I WOULD have a litmus test for the Supreme Court. My nominees would be pro-life, pro-Constitution. I might even bring back Bork.
Source: NH Primary Kickoff Dinner Speech May 2, 1999

Abortions limited to endangered mother

Sen. Smith agrees with the statement, “Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.”
Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions.

Vote on a motion to table [kill] an amendment that would repeal the ban on privately funded abortions at overseas military facilities.
Reference: Bill S 2549 ; vote number 2000-134 on Jun 20, 2000

Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions.

This legislation, if enacted, would ban the abortion procedure in which the physician partially delivers the fetus before completing the abortion. [A NO vote supports abortion rights].
Status: Bill Passed Y)63; N)34; NV)3
Reference: Partial Birth Abortion Ban; Bill S. 1692 ; vote number 1999-340 on Oct 21, 1999

Voted YES on banning human cloning.

This cloture motion was in order to end debate and move to consideration of legislation banning human cloning. [A YES vote opposes human cloning].
Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)42; N)54; NV)4
Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to S. 1601; Bill S. 1601 ; vote number 1998-10 on Feb 11, 1998

Other candidates on Abortion: Bob Smith on other issues:
NH Gubernatorial:
John Lynch
NH Senatorial:
Jeanne Shaheen
Kelly Ayotte

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