George Pataki on Abortion

Republican NY Governor


Appalled by abortion, but stop trying to overturn Roe v.Wade

Q: With the recent Planned Parenthood videos that we have all seen, shedding new light on abortion practices, would you defund Planned Parenthood?


Q: Has this story changed your heart when it comes to abortion?

PATAKI: My heart has not changed, because I've always been appalled by abortion. I'm a Catholic, I believe life begins at conception. But Roe v. Wade, it's has been the law for 42 years, and I don't think we should continue to try to change it. But we can do is defund Planned Parenthood, and by the way, put in place an absolute permanent ban on any taxpayer dollars ever being used to fund abortions. Also, when you look at these videos, they are horrific and show just a hideous disrespect for life.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Pro-choice, but ban abortion after 20 weeks

Q: You're the only pro-choice candidate running; but how would you limit abortions?

PATAKI: We should believe in science. Hillary Clinton's always saying how Republicans don't follow science. Well, they're the ones not listening to the scientists today, because doctors say that at 20 weeks that is a viable life inside the womb. And at that point, it's a life that we have the right to protect, and I think we should protect. So, I would pass legislation outlawing abortion after 20 weeks. It is Hillary, it is Biden, it is the others who insist on allowing abortion well into viability [who are] wrong, and that should be stopped.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

I'm pro-choice, with limitations

Pataki would block late-term abortions and government funding of abortions but otherwise do not tightly restrict access. Defining himself as "pro-choice", the New York Republican has spoken out against late term abortions and voted against government-funded abortions as a state legislator, but he otherwise opposes restrictions on abortion access for women.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 28, 2015

Claims he can overcome GOP objection to pro-abortion stance

He’s out of step with most Republicans on the issue of abortion but pro-abortion New York Gov. George Pataki said on Monday he would make a decision about whether he will run for president in 2008 “in the next few weeks.” In comments on the CNN television program “Situation Room,” Pataki claimed he could overcome objection to his pro-abortion stance that prevent previous GOP presidential candidates like Arlen Specter and Pete Wilson from gaining any traction.
Source: Steven Ertelt in LifeNews.com , Dec 5, 2006

Favors abortion rights

Pataki faces major hurdles in Iowa and elsewhere. He is leaving office with less-than-stellar poll numbers and his successor is almost certain to be a Democrat -- not exactly the ideal springboard for a national campaign. Pataki also favors abortion rights, a major strike against him with the social conservatives who traditionally play an outsized role in the Iowa caucuses. Still, The Fix believes that hard work in politics often pays off. And Pataki is working Iowa as hard as anyone at the moment.
Source: Chris Cillizza opinion in Washington Post , Jun 15, 2006

Vetoes non-prescription morning-after pill

New York’s Gov. George Pataki confirms he will veto a bill that would make the so-called “morning-after” pill available without a prescription. Abortion-rights advocates in the state are hoping to pressure him into signing the legislation. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently vetoed similar legislation; both men are eyeing possible presidential runs in 2008.
Source: Margot Adler on NPR’s All Things Considered , Aug 1, 2005

Supports banning partial birth abortions

Source: ChoiceMatters.com 2006 report on voting record , May 2, 1996

Voted in NY legislature to cut off Medicaid abortion funding

Source: ChoiceMatters.com 2006 report on voting record , Jun 6, 1994

Supported by right-to-life groups in 1990s elections

Source: ChoiceMatters.com 2006 report on voting record , May 11, 1990

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