Jim Gilmore on Abortion

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)


The only litmus test for Supreme Court is to follow the law

Q: For years, presidential candidates have not said they would have a litmus test for justices nominated to the Supreme Court. But Hillary Clinton said she would apply a litmus test on the case of Citizens United. Is it time for conservatives to impose a litmus test on abortion?

GILMORE: I'm a former elected prosecutor, a former elected attorney general, trained at the University of Virginia in constitutional law, and I don't believe in litmus tests except this: I believe we should be appointing Supreme Court justices who will follow the law and not try to make the law. Now, the challenge we're seeing today is that the Supreme Court is being converted into some type of political body. My goal in appointing Supreme Court justices would be to appoint justices who would follow the law. Q: So, no litmus test on abortion?

GILMORE: Not on that, no.

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

As governor, I stood for the sanctity of life

Q: Do you support a constitutional amendment to limit abortion? When, if ever, should abortion be legal?

Gilmore: As governor of Virginia, I stood for the sanctity of life, pushing through legislation that created a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, required parental notification for minors and banned partial birth abortion. As your U.S. senator, I will continue to work to preserve Virginia values including the protection of human life.

Mark Warner: I support Roe v Wade. But I think folks with differing views on the issue of abortion can all agree that we ought to do everything we can to reduce unintended pregnancies. I signed a bill when I was governor to require parental notification with a judicial bypass. As the father of three daughters, I am very comfortable with this law.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Virginian-Pilot , Oct 17, 2008

Abortion before 8 weeks not OK, but shouldnít be prohibited

Q: Your position on abortion, correct me if Iím wrong, suggests that there is a moment, at least early on in a womanís pregnancy, when abortion would be OK. Is that right?

A: Well, OK is not exactly the way I would put it. But what I would say is this: There has to be some time for the baby to form in the womb, which I think happens at about eight weeks. And after that, I think that abortion should be limited except to save the life of the mother.

Q: Between the beginning and eight weeks, abortion would be OK if necessary?

A: Not OK, but the question is, should the law prohibit it at that point? And Iíve never taken that position. On the other hand, my record has governor of Virginia with the pro-life movement has been very strong. We passed a 24-hour waiting period, parental notification, & informed consent. I signed the partial-birth abortion ban. And I think I have furthered our pro-life movement very substantially, even though not everybody would agree with every nuance of my position.

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2007 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer , May 6, 2007

Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided; good day when repealed

Q: Would the day that Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America?

ROMNEY: Absolutely.

BROWNBACK: It would be a glorious day of human liberty and freedom.

GILMORE: Yes, it was wrongly decided.

HUCKABEE: Most certainly.



McCAIN: A repeal.

GIULIANI: It would be OK to repeal.

TANCREDO: After 40 million dead because we have aborted them in this country, that would be the greatest day in this countryís history when that, in fact, is overturned.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC , May 3, 2007

Right to abortion in the first 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy

Q: You have said in the past that you believe in the first eight to 12 weeks of pregnancy that the woman should have the right to have an abortion. Do you still want to stick with that exception?

A: I do. My views on this, my beliefs on this are a matter of conviction. And theyíve always been the same, and theyíve never changed, the entire time that Iíve been in public life. However, my record as governor of Virginia, I think, has been one that the pro-life community, of which Iím a part, would be very proud: passing a 24-hour waiting period, passing informed consent, passing parental notification, signing the partial-birth abortion law in Virginia. So I think the record is there. But my views -- my views are strongly and fundamentally believed and been held that way.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC , May 3, 2007

Embryonic stem cell research experiments with people

Q: For embryonic stem cell federal funding or not?

GILMORE: We canít create people in order to experiment with people.

HUCKABEE: I would concur. I donít think itís right to create a life to end a life. Thatís not a good health decision.

HUNTER: No. Iíd like to show Mrs. Reagan the alternatives, which are adult stem cells.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC , May 3, 2007

Informed consent and 24-hour waiting period

When it comes to the most difficult decision a woman must make -- whether or not to have an abortion -- I believe she should be fully informed about the medical implications of that decision and have an opportunity to reflect on that information. Thatís why I support legislation to require informed consent and establish a 24-hour waiting period for abortion.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly , Jan 10, 2001

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