Mikal Watts’ personal “belief about when life begins” is no different than most Republicans’. He only supports abortion in cases where the mother’s life is threatened or in cases of rape or incest.
“I am against abortion except in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother. That is a view that I hold because of when I believe life begins.”
This view is consistent with that of George Bush and most Republicans but NOT consistent with Democrats.
Mikal Watts should not be the Democratic nominee for Texas US Senator! He is against abortion! No one I know is for abortion but the right for a woman to make that choice based on her own personal circumstances must remain a right. We cannot allow the courts to move any farther to the right. With his belief, there is a grave risk that Watts would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and take away a woman’s right to choose.
*Project Vote Smart lists Rick Noriega with straight 100 percent ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice.
Vince at Capitol Annex has further analysis.
TX SEN: Mikal Watts Talks Like A Republican When It Comes To A Woman’s Right To Choose
Additional analysis and a couple of pictures from the event can also be found at Noriega Blog: Planned Parenthood Party Like a Rock Star! (and Mikal Watts Pro-Life Stance)
NOTE: Although Project Vote Smart lists Noriega with straight 100 percent ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas except for the 78th session, the rating for the 78th Texas Legislature should also be 100 percent. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has, however, corrected Rep. Noriega’s rating for that session to be a 100 percent as one of the votes being counted as a negative was in fact an absence. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has corrected this and it should be reflected at Project Vote Smart soon.
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To be fair, being “against abortion” doesn’t always mean “anti-choice”. I’m not speaking to Watts’ position here, but it’s entirely possible for one to be anti-abortion, and yet realize that regardless of their personal feelings, it’s not appropriate to legislate their moral view.
I am pro-choice, but could never imagine viewing abortion as a good thing – only as the “lesser of evils” in any particular woman’s situation. I trust the woman to make that call though.
I say all of this, because there are still folks out there that think the Democratic party is a bunch of “pro-abortion babykillers”. We are actually the party that cares more about children’s health and welfare. We don’t advocate abortions – just that they stay safe, legal, and hopefully rare.