Thursday, February 09, 2006

How Many Pro-Choice Candidates Are In The 6th Dist. Primary?

One might think that it would be easy to answer that question, but this story from the Daily Herald indicates that Christine Cegelis may be the only solidly pro-choice candidate in the race:
Neither Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, technology consultant Christine Cegelis nor college professor Lindy Scott thinks the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion nationally should be overturned.

But Scott, who teaches at Wheaton College, calls himself “pro-life” anyway and points to his membership in a group called Democrats for Life. Scott said he “cherishes life” and would work in Congress to promote spending on day care to encourage women to not have abortions.

Cegelis said Scott is trying to have it both ways on the issue. Scott said he’s merely being “consistent with my beliefs. It doesn’t satisfy the far left or far right.” He also argues his approach would help redefine the debate in which single-issue voters break to the GOP on abortion.

Requiring parental notification when a minor wants an abortion also divides the Democrats. Cegelis opposes such a law while Scott supports it.

Duckworth’s position, though, has been elusive. She told the Daily Herald last December she opposed parental notification. Asked Friday, she initially said the idea appealed to her if a judicial bypass for cases of incest and abuse were included.

When pressed, Duckworth said, “I really don’t know.”

So it seems that, if keeping the government out of a woman's reproductive choices is important to you, there is only one choice in this race.

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