McCain on Abortion

I remember that in 1999, when McCain was planning on running against then Governor Bush, he made some statements that showed very clearly his soft, no to say inexistent pro-life position. Here are the quotes:

“I’d love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary,” McCain told the Chronicle in an article published Friday. “But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

and,

On Sunday, on CNN’s “Late Edition,” McCain reiterated that he would not have an abortion “litmus” test for a running mate or Supreme Court nominees. He added that while he ultimately favors repeal of Roe, “we all know, and it’s obvious, that if we repeal Roe v. Wade tomorrow, thousands of young American women would be performing illegal and dangerous operations.”

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/wh2000/stories/mccain082499.htm

To be fair, John McCain has a 26 year record of semi-consistent pro-life votes (60-75% agreement with NRLC), but on the critical issue of using tax payer funding for human embryonic stem cell research he was dead wrong. It is worth mentioning that NRLC only proposes and only supports legislation that is the equivalent of the low hanging fruit of the pro-life universe of legislation, so having a 60 %’ish record is not all that amazing.
Furthermore, the following quote shows a basic misunderstanding of abortion which would lead me to the conclusion that John McCain is as pro-life as is convenient to him at any given moment. Here’s the quote:

KEYES [to McCain]: What you would say if your daughter was ever in a position where she might need an abortion? You answered [earlier today] that the choice would be up to her and then that you’d have a family conference. That displayed a profound lack of understanding of the basic issue of principle involved in abortion. After all, if your daughter said she was contemplating killing her grandmother for the inheritance, you wouldn’t say, “Let’s have a family conference.” You’d look at her and say “Just Say No,” because that is morally wrong. It is God’s choice that that child is in the womb. And for us to usurp that choice in contradiction of our declaration of principles is just as wrong.

McCAIN: I am proud of my pro-life record in public life, and I will continue to maintain it. I will not draw my children into this discussion. As a leader of a pro-life party with a pro-life position, I will persuade young Americans [to] understand the importance of the preservation of the rights of the unborn.

Source: (X-ref from Keyes) GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

Is this a man we pro-lifers can vote for?  If he wins the nomination pro-lifers will be given that proverbial lesser of two evils choice yet again.  Stay tuned for my analysis on the other possible GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

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