Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Front Runner McCain Challenged on Abortion Issue

As one would expect, abortion is and will continually be a dividing issue in any presidential election. Recently, several comments have been made questioning McCain’s position on abortion. It’s understandable that the right wing of the republican party would bring this issue to the forefront. After all, a common sense conservative is leading in the polls, a.k.a. a more moderate than they might like to see.

Patrick Hynes does a good job in summarizing the Senator’s position when he states “Let’s be clear: John McCain is pro-life and supports the overturn of Roe v. Wade. This has been his position throughout his career in politics and he has a twenty-four year voting record to back it up.”

An even better position statement can be found in RedState where the author states that “abortion polls show a pretty consistent national picture. 25% of the country supports ending abortion in all cases except the life of the mother. About 30% support the current regime of abortion-on-demand without restriction. The other 45% or so generally support major restrictions usually defined as legal abortion in cases or rape, incest, and threats to the life of the mother. That moderate position is where Sen. McCain lies.”

In fact, McCain does support the overturn of Roe v. Wade and supports the more moderate approach of abortions with major restrictions. As a federalist, McCain strongly believes that this decision should be turned over to the states to decide, rather than having the courts make law.