The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
The fate of a court order that blocked a mandatory waiting period for abortions is on the line as state appellate judges weigh it against strict privacy rules in the state Constitution. On Tuesday, lawyers for the state and Gainesville-based abortion clinic Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center argued their cases to a three-judge panel in the 1st District Court of Appeal. The judges will decide whether an injunction issued last summer will stay in effect or if it can be lifted, allowing the controversial waiting period law to go into effect.
The Nation (USA)
Republican presidential candidates Bush and Christie have started to attack Rubio for his extreme stances on women’s reproductive health rights, realizing that such strict anti-choice politics can be “toxic.”
Politico (Washington, DC)
Anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List has just come out in support of NARAL, one of the largest pro-choice organizations in the nation on a topic both groups feel strongly about– a petition requesting that the hosts of Thursday night’s Democratic debate ask the candidates about abortion rights..
Noting his strict anti-choice beliefs, he is opposed to abortion in all cases except to save the mother’s life. This opposition includes exceptions for rape and incest– exceptions that even many anti-choice activists agree should be implemented. In case this extreme stance isn’t enough, other anti-choice Republican candidates have come out in disbelief regarding Rubio’s statements.
Jeb Bush and Chris Christie noted that his abortion beliefs are “scary,” and that his stance on the issue will cause both moderate and Democratic voters, particularly women, to shy away from the party entirely. Senator Lindsay Graham, a Bush supporter, explained to a CNN reporter:
“The most tragic thing in the world is for a woman to be raped, a child, a pregnancy caused by rape. I’m pro-life, but I can’t go there, I can’t tell that woman you gotta carry that child. That’s a sensitive issue, and I think in a general election that will be a hard sell.”
It’s hard to imagine a presidential candidate with such an extreme stance on this incredibly sensitive and highly important debate. As mainstream Republicans, we fight for personal liberties and limited government involvement. Marco Rubio’s stance on abortion is not only extreme, but also goes against everything Republicans stand for: the right to make their own choices without government intervention.
CBS News (USA)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Marco Rubio’s attacks on her beliefs about abortion are “pathetic.” Rubio, the Florida senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said during Saturday night’s GOP debate that Democrats are the “extremists” on abortion and that Clinton supports the procedure “even on the due date of that unborn child.”
New York Times (New York, NY)
RMC advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses bipartisan call for the United States Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2Posted: February 3, 2016
Republican Majority for Choice leads bi-partisan call for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Constitutional protections of liberty and privacy.
Washington, D.C., February 3, 2016 – Today Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman affirmed that the core GOP ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion must extend to social issues, including a woman’s right to choose.
In January, Whitman joined RMC and Republican office holders in submitting an amicus brief in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case involving restrictions that block access to safe, legal abortion and threaten to close family planning clinics. “As a life long Republican I hold dear our core party ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion,” said Governor Whitman. “Respecting individuals and recognizing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body seems to me to be an inherently conservative principle.”
Governor Whitman was joined today by Congressman Mark Veasey, a Texas Democrat, and Kathryn Kolbert, the attorney who argued the 1992 Casey case before Supreme Court case, in outlining the bipartisan call for the Court to affirm longstanding precedent by upholding the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services.
An unprecedented collection of diverse organizations and individuals filed forty-five amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2 which has already led to the closure of family planning clinics. These briefs reflect bipartisan consensus among members of different political parities, trusted medical experts, pediatricians, family physicians, public health specialists and faith leaders.
RMC National Co-Chair Candace Straight, a lead signer for the RMC amicus brief stated, “For forty-three years, the right to privacy and to make personal medical choices have been guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of the United States.” Straight continued, “Abortion is controversial and divisive, an issue where people of good conscience disagree. However, it is not the role of the government to dictate morality. Implicit in the right to choose is the right to seek moral guidance from within oneself and one’s community, from spiritual advisors and trusted confidants.”
The following current and former Republican officeholders joined RMC National Co-Chairs, Susan Bevan and Candace Straight in filing the brief emphasizing the belief that ideologically motivated legislation designed to deny individual rights is antithetical to the Republican philosophy and that only through small, less intrusive government will individual rights be honored and preserved.
The Honorable Nancy Johnson – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut
The Honorable Constance Morella – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Maryland
The Honorable Claudine Schneider – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Rhode Island
The Honorable Christopher Shays – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut
The Honorable Richard Zimmer – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of New Jersey
The Honorable William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts
The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey
The Honorable Carolyn Allen – Former Member of the Arizona Senate Former Member and Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives
The Honorable Steve Cloud – Former Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
The Honorable Elizabeth Coulson – Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Representative Sarah Davis – Current Member of the Texas House of Representatives
Representative Kathy Hawken – Current Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
The Honorable Lucile P. Hicks – Former Member and First Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Honorable Brian Lees – Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
The Honorable Becky Morgan – Former Member of the California Senate
Senator Richard Ross – Current Member and Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Senator Diane Snelling – Current Member of the Vermont Senate
The Honorable Richard Tisei – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
The Honorable Daniel B. Winslow – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Honorable Corinne Wood – Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives