Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?

John McCain

Barack Obama

Abortion on Demand
  • Voted to oppose Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allows abortion for any reason.
  • “I have stated time after time after time that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision, that I support… the rights of the unborn. I have fought for human rights and human dignity throughout my entire political career. To me it is an issue of human rights and human dignity.”
  • Co-sponsor of the “Freedom of Choice Act,” (S.1173) which would make partial-birth abortion legal again, require taxpayer funding of abortion, and invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, such as parental notification laws.
  • “I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

The partial-birth abortion procedure — used from the fifth month on — involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain. The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers.

  • Voted for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
  • Did not vote for the Illinois Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act when it came before the Illinois State Senate.
Protecting Abortion Survivors
  • Voted for legislation that provides care and protection for babies who are born alive after an abortion.
  • Voted four times against legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would have provided care and protection for babies who are born alive after an abortion.
Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
  • Voted in favor of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid.
  • Voted consistently against federal funding of abortion.
  • Voted against legislation in the Illinois State Senate that prohibited taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion.
  • His campaign has stated that he “does not support” the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid
Parental Notification Law
  • Voted to support a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.
  • Voted to block a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Sarah Palin

Joseph Biden

  • Opposes abortion and believes unborn children should be protected. As Governor of Alaska, supported pro-life legislation.
  • “…I am pro-life and have never wavered in my belief in the sanctity of every human life.”
  • Voted to endorse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allows abortion for any reason.
  • “I strongly support Roe v. Wade….That’s why I led the fight to defeat Bork. Thank God he is not in the Court or Roe v. Wade would be gone by now.”
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