From the GOP Presidential Forum: Three Candidates Who Want To Ban Abortion, And Two Who Want The States To

 Today, South Carolina Senator Jim Demint (R) hosted a GOP Presidential forum where five Republican candidates spoke about pertinent issues, like abortion, the economy, and immigration.  When asked whether  they would support a federal ban on abortion, their answers were no big shockers, but they still sting.

From the transcript: 

ROBERT GEORGE, PROFESSOR, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Would you as president propose to Congress appropriate legislation pursuant to the 14th Amendment to protect human life in all stages and conditions?

BACHMANN: Yes, I would. I would put forward a human life amendment.

Summarized answers from

Gingrich: Yes. Cooper v. Aaron’s assertion of judicial supremacy was wrong. Following the precedent of the first Jefferson administration, I would abolish some federal judgeships. But I am not as bold as Jefferson. “I would do no more than eliminate Judge Barry in San Antonio and the ninth circuit. That’s the most I would go for. (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE). But let me say this. That’s part of the national debate. That’s not a rhetorical comment. I believe the legislative and executive branches have an obligation to defend the constitution against judges who are tyrannical and who seek to impose un-American values on the people of the United States.”

Paul: No. Violence and murder should be dealt with by the states. The federal police are already too numerous. I support a bill to deprive lower federal courts of jurisdiction over abortion cases, so that state restrictions on abortion would be immune from judicial review.

Romney: No. I would focus on appointing judges who would return abortion regulation to the states. The George proposal “would create obviously a constitutional crisis. Could that happen in this country? Could there be circumstances where that might occur? I think it’s reasonable that something of that nature might happen someday. That’s not something I would precipitate.”

But leaving abortion up to the states does not mean that abortion would not become illegal.  Many states have already taken measures to prevent abortions, limiting access with creepy anti-abortion counseling and plenty of red tape.  In fact, since January, states have passed a record-breaking number of abortion restrictions, making abortion access lowest since Roe v. Wade.

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at September 6, 2011, 9:31am

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