Abortion Betrayals

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Date Name(s) Party Office Stated Position Betrayal Comments
March 21, 2010 Allan Mollohan Democrat Congressman (WV) Claimed to be pro-life for decades, serving in House of Representatives beginning 1983 and even winning at least one big pro-life award On the last day did a "retreat from his pro-life stance in the final hours of the health care debate,"[1] voting for passage of Obamacare which will increase abortions Defeated on May 11, 2010, by a stunning 56-44% margin in his own Democratic primary, for a seat his family has held since 1968[2]
March 21, 2010 Bart Stupak Democrat Congressman (MI)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record.[3]
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. [4]
Stupak abandoned his position and betrayed the trust of the American people by voting for Obamacare, which pays for at-will abortions with federal funds. [5] Within 20 days of his betrayal, Stupak announced his surprise retirement from Congress.
May 21, 2003 Dennis Kucinich Democrat Congressman (OH) Rated 95% Pro-life in his 1st three-terms as Congressman by the National Right to Life Committee in 2000. Kucinich abandoned his position when he decided to run for President. He would give a campaign speech, "as president, I would protect that right [to abortion], and I would also make sure that appointees to the Supreme Court protected that right." He never received more than 3% of the vote, ranked last.
1996 Richard Durbin Democrat Senator (IL) As a Congressman he was the speaker at the annual right-to-life rally, "I believe we should end abortion on demand, and at every opportunity, I have translated this belief into votes in the House of Representatives," "I continue to believe the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade should be reversed." [6] When running as a Senator he changed his position to pro-abortion saying, "And I finally came to the conclusion that we really have to try to honor the Roe vs. Wade thinking, that there are certain times in the life of a woman that she needs to make that decision with her doctor, with her family and with her conscience and that the government shouldn't be intruding." Votes for Obamacare whereby the government intrudes in everyones health issues. Rated 100% by NARAL in 2003
January 22, 1993 Bill Clinton Democrat 42nd President In a letter to Arkansas Right To Life, "I am opposed to abortion and to government funding of abortions. We should not spend state funds on abortions because so many people believe abortion is wrong." Issued five executive orders reversing Title 10 regulations banning abortion, vetoed banning partial-birth abortion. While campaigning for his wife he was heckled by pro-life students. He would reply, “We disagree with you. You want to criminalize women and their doctors and we disagree. I reduced abortion. Tell the truth! Tell the truth! If you were really pro-life, if you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother, as an accessory to murder, in prison..." [7]
June 1992 Sandra Day O'Connor Republican Supreme Court Justice When Ronald Reagan nominated her for the Supreme Court, O'Connor would tell him that "she was personally opposed to abortions." [8] It was known she sided with a 1973 bill permitting Arizona state agencies to participate in family planning. Her coy response to the White House was "she opposed the anti-abortion measure only because it was not germane to the legislation to which it was attached." She called the infamous Roe v. Wade decision "a rule of law and a component of liberty we cannot renounce," and "Our obligation is to define the liberty of all. We reaffirm the constitutionally protected liberty of women to obtain an abortion." In addition, she also cast the deciding vote in the 2000 court case that overturned a Nebraska ban on Partial birth abortions. Per the National Abortion Federation, "O'Connor's single vote in support of a woman's right to choose ensured the survival of Roe v. Wade."
1992 Richard S. Williamson Republican nominee for U.S. Senate for Illinois signed a pro-life pledge during the campaign disavowed his pledge once Carol Moseley Braun became his opponent, whom he hoped to defeat by becoming pro-choice lost in a landslide after his duplicity was exposed; Pro-life Peter Fitzgerald then defeated Moseley Braun the next time
July 6, 1990 Buddy Roemer Democrat[9] Louisiana Governor "We've had a betrayal by a governor who has been on the record as pro-life" [10] vetoed a pro-life bill passed by overwhelming majorities in the legislature the legislature overrode his veto; Roemer was defeated for reelection and could never win an election again
Feb. 21, 1988 Al Gore Democrat Vice-president Al Gore had a 84% pro-life voting record during his tenure in the House. In 1984, he voted for the Siljander amendment that states "the term 'person' shall include unborn children from the moment of conception." In a 1987 letter to a constituent he wrote: "During my 11 years in congress, I have consistently opposed federal funding for abortions. In my opinion, it is wrong to spend federal funds for what is arguably taking of a human life. Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected, and I am committed to furthering this goal." [11] Gore denied casting the Siljander vote on Meet the Press in 1988. In 1998, he continued to deny he cast that vote. His position as a presidential candidate; opposed banning partial-birth abortion, appoint justices upholding Roe v. Wade, more family planning; less parental consent, support for Medicare-funded abortions. June 1999, "Always, always defend a woman’s right to choose." Embarrassed himself and liberals by losing the 2000 Presidential election while continuing to insist he had somehow won. Afterward he became an overweight cheerleader for discredited claims of man-made global warming, and his own Democratic Party did not even want him to rerun for president.
1988 Jesse Jackson Democrat presidential candidate Op-ed 1,000-word essay for the National Right to Life News 1977."What happens to the moral fabric of a nation that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience," and "Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder, they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore can be justified." [12] Jackson now believes abortion is acceptable because "it is not right to impose private, religious and moral positions on public policy," and "Women must have freedom of choice over what to do over their bodies." Born to a single mother, he identified himself as a person who would have been aborted if medical counsel had been followed.
1986 [13] Richard Gephardt Democrat Congressman (MO) His first term in Congress, Gephardt voted pro-life 96 percent of the time. By his third term is was down to 64%. By 1989 it was down to 11%. He changed his position to saying that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would preserve Roe v. Wade. Gephardt told the pro-abortion group NARAL that his Baptist upbringing taught him abortion was wrong but, over time, friends and colleagues were able to convince him otherwise, "There is nothing moral in strong-arming a personal belief, and there is nothing moral to a presidency that imposes personal morality through acts of government power." He would run for President in 1988 but his pro-abortion switch contributed to an unflattering view of him as a political opportunist without firm principles.
1980's Edward Kennedy Democrat Senator (MA) Kennedy began his political career opposed to abortion rights, writing in 1971 that "Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized." In April 1976, he would vote for a joint Senate resolution to define personhood as beginning at conception. Sometime in the 1980's he would switch to pro-abortion and was often awarded a 100% positive rating from NARAL. In 1987 during the Supreme Court hearing of nominee Robert Bork, Kennedy assailed Bork as a jurist whose rulings would force women to resort to "back-alley abortions." March 12, 2003, he voted against banning partial-birth abortion. [14] Died of brain cancer while still in office; his seat was then won by a Republican who campaigned against Kennedy's policies.


References

  1. http://www.lifenews.com/state5062.html
  2. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10132/1057532-473.stm
  3. Note, however, that he voted against the Pence Amendment to ban funding to Planned Parenthood in 2009. FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 643, House.gov, July 2, 2009
  4. http://www.ontheissues.org/MI/Bart_Stupak.htm
  5. http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/03/22/and-judas-said-unto-them-%E2%80%9Cwhat-will-you-give-me-if-i-betray%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D/
  6. Constituent 'Violated' by Durbin Change on Abortion, Crosswalk.com
  7. ourbodiesourblog.org, February 20, 2008
  8. On This Day, New York Times
  9. Later he switched parties and in 2012 left the Republican Party too.
  10. Quoting Burke Balch, a state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee. [1]
  11. What do these men have in common? They were once pro-life, gargaro.com
  12. How we respect life is the over-riding moral issue, JESSE JACKSON; Right to Life News, January 1977
  13. He claims his flip-flop didn't occur when running for President in 1988. His record indicates pro-life erosion over time
  14. Ted Kennedy Opposed Federal Regulation of Doctor-Patient Relationship—When the Issue Was Partial Birth Abortion, CNSNews, August 26, 2009
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