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Press Conference: Statement of Carol Tobias, NRLC Political Director

Jan 22, 2004 | 2004 Press Releases

STATEMENT OF CAROL TOBIAS
NRL PAC Director
January 22, 2004

In less than 10 months, this nation will again elect a president to lead us for the next four years.  The contrast in the positions on life, between President Bush and his prospective opponent, is very clear.

 Of the seven Democrats seeking the nomination, all are pro-abortion and a review of their records and statements shows that there is practically no difference in their very extreme positions on abortion.

Senators Kerry, Lieberman, and Edwards have solid pro-abortion voting records. In his speech formally launching his presidential campaign, Kerry emphatically stated, “As President, I will only appoint Supreme Court Justices who will uphold a woman’s right to choose.”

Lieberman has frequently expressed his support for creating human embryos in order to harvest their stem cells for experimentation.  Indeed, he told the Associated Press that the first thing he would do in the Oval Office is “rescind the Bush administration restrictions on stem-cell research.”

Howard Dean is opposed to any limits on abortion.  He has said that he would veto any parental notification bill and that he will do everything he can to overturn the recently enacted Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

And in a bizarre statement during a teleconference call last week, Dean, referring to late-term abortions, stated that, “No doctor is going to do an abortion on a live fetus. That doesn’t happen. Doctors don’t do that. If they do, they’ll get their license pulled, as well they should.”

Wesley Clark has been equally upfront about his pro-abortion position.  During a September 17 interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Clark was asked if he “would put restrictions on abortion.”  He stated, “No. I’m pro-choice.”

In a recent interview with The Union Leader, in Manchester, NH, Clark expressed his opposition to any limits on late term abortion, “anything up to delivery,” and even “anything up to the head coming out of the womb.”

Meanwhile, as the Democratic candidates try to out-do each other on who is the most pro-abortion, President Bush’s pro-life record is clear.  He is helping to promote a culture of life where unborn children are welcomed in life and protected in law.

Pro-abortion groups such as Moveon.org, America Coming Together, EMILY’s List, the National Education Association, and other unions are vowing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat President Bush.

While we welcome the support their expenditures will give to the economy, the fact remains that Americans want changes in the abortion law and that is reflected in their voting.

In a Gallup Poll Special Report, “Public Opinion About Abortion– An In-Depth Review,” they stated, “For all six presidential elections between 1984 and 2000, the abortion issue has been an advantage for Republican candidates.”