Thought McCain Was A Moderate? Think Again.
This morning on ABC, John McCain, who is exploring a bid for the 2008 White House, showed his true colors when he said he would support an immediate reversal of Roe v. Wade:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask one question about abortion. Then I want to turn to Iraq. You’re for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with some exceptions for life and rape and incest.I see McCain as the worst threat to progressive and liberal interests in 2008. For the last six years, he's been walking around pretending to be a moderate. But now that he's running for president, he's attempting to court the GOP's wing-nut base, the bible thumpers, the gay haters, and the anti-choice activists. However, a significant section of Americans, those who consider themselves in the middle politically, the very people who gave the recent elections to the democrats, still see McCain as a moderate. You'll see in the coming months, he'll be presenting one face to the moderate crowd and another to the Christian right. The question is will people fall for his facade.
MCCAIN: Rape, incest and the life of the mother. Yes.
A note on the issue of abortion. It sickens me that in 2006 we are still having the debate over whether a woman should be allowed to make decisions regarding her own body. And this is what this debate is really about. The anti-choice people will try to convince you otherwise, but don't fall for it. Believing abortion to be a morally reprehensible act is one thing, it's their right to think that, and as such, nobody will ever force a woman who feels that way to have an abortion. But "pro-lifers" want to to remove that choice from every woman. Not only that, the same people who want to ban abortion, are the same people who would ban measures that would prevent them, namely complete sex education (not abstinence only programs) and contraceptives. Just this week, having apparently learned nothing from last week's election, Bush appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, Eric Keroack, a former medical director for a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women." Make no mistake, the fight against abortion rights is all part of a larger right-wing agenda against sexual freedom, and in particular the sexual freedom of women.
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