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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

McCain V. Choice

posted by on February 12 at 15:22 PM

Two rundowns, one targeted, one more detailed, about John McCain’s atrocious record on choice. The first comes from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which released this video yesterday highlighting some of McCain’s statements opposing Roe v. Wade:

The second is more comprehensive (and damning). A few highlights:

He scores a zero from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood, thanks to votes against comprehensive sex education, against over-the-counter access to Plan B, against abortion access for women in the military, and against freeing up money for international family planning efforts… among many other anti-choice statements and votes.

He vocally supported the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding a ban on so-called “partial-birth” abortions, calling it “a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of life and integrity of the judiciary.”

He opposed legislation making it a crime to forcibly prevent someone from entering a clinic that provides reproductive health care services.

He voted to uphold the “global gag rule,” which bars federal assistance to NGOs that so much as provide abortion counseling or lobby to make abortion safer, even when they use completely separate money to do so. The gag rule has drastically increased the number of maternal deaths, deaths from botched abortions, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, worldwide.

Read the whole litany here.

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None of this should come as a surprise, and all of you who are saying you'll vote for McCain if Clinton gets the nomination should be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by Fnarf | February 12, 2008 3:29 PM

Hey ECB -

What happened to Clinton on the new spy bill, couldn't be bothered to vote against one of the most draconian bills of our time? Strangely both McCain (in favor of course) and Obama (against of course) found the time.

Posted by wherewashillary | February 12, 2008 3:31 PM

Thanks for the research and the report, ECB.

Posted by greendyke | February 12, 2008 3:41 PM

How do you live with your taunting idiocy, #3? Hillary-haters make me sick.

Posted by Aylin | February 12, 2008 3:42 PM

McCain is a fucking creep. I won't vote for him but frankly, the thought of being forced to vote for Hillary makes my stomach turn too.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | February 12, 2008 3:45 PM

I wouldn't worry about this. He's just pandering to the base and giving lip service to pro-lifers. Once he gets the nomination, he'll reach for the middle and no anti-choice actions will ever come from a McCain administration. So it's still OK for us independants and progressive minded folks to vote for him. Relax. Roe v. Wade will not be overturned.

Posted by raindrop | February 12, 2008 3:49 PM

When it comes to choice, can't we all agree that Hillary's attacks over O's 'present' votes at the behest of NARAL were underhanded?

I guess the takeaway lesson is that cooperating with pro-choice groups will get you stabbed in the back by NOW and the Clintons. Maybe it's better for legisltators to take a moderate line to avoid the wrath of the far right, since you're going to get attacked anyway from the left?

Posted by elenchos | February 12, 2008 3:54 PM


If you're serious about this statement, you're truly dumber than dirt.

Posted by Mr. X | February 12, 2008 3:58 PM

I wish this were lip service to pro-lifers, @6, but I'm pretty sure his views have been this way consistently. Of course, McCain can't ban abortions all by himself as president (though he can do alot of damage through executive orders), but all he really needs to do is appoint one more Supreme Court justice like Roberts or Alito. Justice Stevens is 87...

Posted by Joe M | February 12, 2008 4:04 PM

(ignoring @2) I know, it's as if people don't realize that Sen McCain, hero that he was, would not be a good President, unless you like a stacked ultra-right Supreme Court and are fond of the 18th Century, when most women died in childbirth or illegal abortions.

This is why, harsh as some of us may be on the other Dem running against our chosen Dem (e.g. for Clintonistas, Sen Obama - for Obamaites, Sen Clinton), we all know that the other choice for Dem is way better than anything available on the GOP America-hating side of the ticket.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 12, 2008 4:20 PM

Thank you for this post ECB. I think people need to be reminded about who McCain actually is.

I miss your Hillary posts though.

Posted by cbc | February 12, 2008 4:25 PM

The hypocrisy of someone who talks about bombing Iran and "staying in Iraq for 100 years" then blathering on about "the sanctity of life" turns my stomach. I guess life's only sacred until birth, then fuck ya.

Posted by Geni | February 12, 2008 4:34 PM

No, he said 100 years, even 10,000 if need be.

That's just plain ... crazy.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 12, 2008 4:52 PM

What fnarf said. Anyone who votes for McCain over Clinton is not any kind of progressive, but is in fact a complete douchebag (or a war-loving, anti-choice doofus).

Posted by Matthew | February 12, 2008 5:27 PM

@6, you keep on living in that dream world. Just make sure not to vote in mine.

Posted by j4zz3rgrl | February 12, 2008 5:43 PM

@11, she'd just be making more excuses for Hillary if she went back to her political postings.

Change (Obama) vs. more of the same (Clinton)

Posted by Cato | February 12, 2008 7:36 PM

Newsflash: McCain BAD!

Posted by Andy Niable | February 12, 2008 7:49 PM

@9, 10--yes, and as I reminded my fellow caucusers on Saturday, on January 20, 2009, six of the nine Supremes will be older than 70...

Posted by Andy Niable | February 12, 2008 7:52 PM

Yikes!! Them Republicans are predictably crazy and mean spirited!

Posted by Brad in Seattle | February 12, 2008 9:12 PM

But Obama is just a sugar high, without wisdome there is no sustenance.

Posted by hairball | February 13, 2008 8:16 AM

"Once he gets the nomination, he'll reach for the middle and no anti-choice actions will ever come from a McCain administration. So it's still OK for us independants and progressive minded folks to vote for him."

raindrop, you are dreaming.

Posted by MaryOGrady | February 14, 2008 9:21 AM

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