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Candidate Positions on Abortion

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Do you support or oppose legalized abortion in the United States?
Bob BarrBob Barr ANSWER OPTION: Candidate declined to provide an opinion

John McCainJohn McCain ANSWER OPTION: Oppose
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: "John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench, Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat," according to McCain's Web site. (More Info)

Ralph NaderRalph Nader ANSWER OPTION: Support
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: "We support access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control, to reproductive health and education. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation (like the gag rule) or Constitutional amendment." (More Info)

Barack ObamaBarack Obama ANSWER OPTION: Support
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: In the Democratic candidates debate on April 26, 2007, Obama said, " I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue for the women and families who make these decisions. They don't make them casually. And I trust women to make these decisions, in conjunction with their doctors and their families and their clergy, and I think that's where most Americans are." (More Info)