State of Washington secondary Archives: on Abortion

Phil Fortunato: F Grade from NARAL, sponsored anti-abortion bills

Phil Fortunato was one of the most vocal opponents of our legislative priorities this year and co-sponsored several anti-abortion bills.
Source: 2020 Washington governor race Pro-Choice WA endorsements Jan 1, 2019

Pramila Jayapal: Expand contraceptive options for women & Planned Parenthood

For the last twenty years, Pramila has been a leading advocate for women, including directing We Belong Together--a campaign to bring a gender lens to immigration reform policy that keeps families together and empowers women.

In the Washington Senate, Pramila introduced legislation to expand contraceptive options for women and led efforts to provide critical services to victims of domestic violence.

Pramila is a staunch advocate for a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. She believes that with Planned Parenthood under attack, now more than ever we must fight for expanded access to women's health care--including access to abortion care, and expanding preventive care such as mammograms and ovarian cancer screenings. In the State Senate, she helped ensure that women on Medicaid would have access to multiple forms of contraception, so that women could choose what made the most sense for their medical needs.

Source: 2016 WA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Michael Baumgartner: Life begins at conception; no exceptions except pragmatism

[Todd Akin (R, MO) differentiated "legitimate rape" and] thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape. Baumgartner also says there should be no exceptions.

Our question for Baumgartner, who told us today that Akin's statement was "inexcusable and stupid and ignorant"--was this: How was his position different than Akin's?

"I have empathy for the victims of rape. Rape is a tragedy. It's a terrible thing. Certainly, we need to give victims all the help we can. There is no place in politics for uttering something so ignorant about pregnancy and rape."

As for Baumgartner's own position: ""I am still a Catholic. I still believe life begins at conception. That is consistent with my Catholic beliefs. And I believe we must protect life."

He concluded: "The culture wars are not why I'm in the state senate or running against my opponent. I'm pragmatic. I objected to the expansion of abortion services, but I voted for two budgets that funded [family planning] services."

Source: Seattle Met on 2012 WA Senate debate Aug 20, 2012

Patty Murray: Nethercuttís voted against expanding stem-cell research

NETHERCUTT: I support stem-cell research. Murrayís got an ad out saying I oppose it. Had my dear daughter, who has diabetes, get on television to say thatís not true. Murray is deceiving the public and thatís unacceptable. So I support embryonic stem-cell research. I do not support it without restriction. I draw the line at cloning. I think itís wrong to clone human beings.

MURRAY: Embryonic stem-cell research is an extremely important area of research that provides hope to thousands of families with Parkinsonís disease, with multiple sclerosis, that scientists tell us holds tremendous potential. But they tell us that the policies that are in place today are prohibiting them from moving forward. This is another area where what Nethercutt says here is different than what he does in Washington DC. Unless heís changed his position, in 1996, when he had the opportunity to vote for expanding stem-cell research, both in committee and on the floor of the Congress, he voted no.

Source: [Xref Nethercutt] WA Senate Debate Oct 20, 2004

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
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