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Let the pandering begin

election08.jpgUnsurprisingly, some of the ‘08 presidential candidates were quick to comment on Wednesday’s partial-birth abortion ruling by the Supremes. John McCain said he was “very happy about the decision given my position on abortion,” although he was quick to say that he didn’t want to start talking about a possible overturn of Roe v. Wade. Of course, McCain’s abortion stance is at least, in part, pandering to the GOP’s conservative base (as are many of his recent attempts to buddy up with the religious right, folks he dissed during his last presidential bid). As the Associated Press points out:

McCain’s record is not clear-cut on abortion: He said once in 1999 that he didn’t think Roe v. Wade should be overturned, but now he advocates its repeal.

Meanwhile, while Rudy Giuliani has previously said he supports abortion rights, he was also quick to issue a statement noting his agreement with the Supreme’s decision (and to be fair to Rudy, there is a middle ground where you can support abortion rights yet be opposed to partial-birth abortions). And Mitt Romney, who has flip-flopped on his abortion stance (he’s currently against it because of, you know, pandering and all that), also says this decision was a good step for our country.

On the other side of things, John Edwards said that he strongly disagrees with the ruling, and Obama said he was worried that states would use this as the impetus for trying to place new attacks on women’s right to choose.

While it doesn’t seem that Senator Biden issued a statement, his opinion on the matter is pretty easy to guess considering he originally voted for the 2003 ban. Similarly, since Hillary voted against it, it comes as no surprise that she calls the ruling an “erosion of our constitutional rights.”

I don’t know about y’all, but November 2008 can’t get here fast enough, just so that we can put all the political pandering aside for a couple of months. Until, you know, March 2009, when folks will start ramping up for the 2012 presidential election.

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First, please don't call it partial birth abortion unless you are referring to the specific law. This is not a medical term. And second, I don't know how you can find this "... middle ground where you can support abortion rights yet be opposed to partial-birth abortions" since these are medical decisions that should be left up to a doctor and a patient, and these types of abortions are usually used as a last resort to try to either save the mother's life or preserve her fertility. Also, late term abortions are usually performed when the fetus has severe defects and/or is not viable.