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Abortion Rights a Defining Issue in Clinton-Lazio Race

During the second New York Senatorial debate between Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio, Clinton made clear her position on abortion rights and stressed the importance of a Congress, a President, and a Supreme Court that also supported this freedom. She brought up Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush’s support of Justices Scalia and Thomas, who support overturning Roe v. Wade. Clinton said she would never vote to confirm the appointment of judges who did not fully support a woman’s right to choose. And she reminded New Yorkers of the importance of having a voice in the Senate who could stand for women’s rights, event “if the wrong person is elected to president.”

Lazio, who voted for the abortion procedure ban or so called partial birth abortion bill, presented himself as a pro-choice candidate, claiming his record in the House proved him to be a supporter of a woman’s right to choose. In fact, according to NARAL, Lazio voted pro-choice only 61 percent of the time.

Sources:

New York Times _ October 9, 2000; Transcript of NY Senatorial debate; NARAL