Deeds supports abortion for only the poor?

Since the Washington Post and Creigh Deeds seem to want to talk about abortion so much, despite the economy, jobs, transportation, education and a host of other issues seeming to be the dominant issues of the campaign, I think I’ll oblige them.

Creigh Deeds was recently speaking at a church radio talk show in Hampton Roads and had the opportunity to discuss abortion.

His statement on abortion is appalling…claiming that he’s “never been so poor or so desperate” to think about abortion as an option.

Does this mean the only people who should contemplate abortion are the poor and desperate? If that’s the case, should there be a litmus test on income before abortions are performed? What’s the desperation test?

Either Deeds wants to severely limit who is eligible for abortions, which might alienate his NARAL-base, or he thinks abortion should be limited to just the poor, effectively practicing culling of a segment of our society and taking away the “choice” for suburban women.

So, just what is Mr. Deeds “pro-choice” policy? He says he’s for a woman’s right to choose…but only if they’re “poor” or “desperate” it seems.

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  • Bob McDonnell wants to create opportunity and jobs for the poor and desperate.

    Creigh Deeds apparently wants them to abandon all hope and kill their next generation.

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  • Oh, please. He is obviously making the point that abortion is acomplicated ethical and moral matter, even for people that believe in choice, and for many women it is a decision made under difficult circumstances.

    This is not productive debate of the issue, twisting words into a meaning that the speaker obviously did not intend. For goodness sakes, how does this lamely-practiced piece of gotcha politics help anyone?

    The issue on abortion is simply Bob McDonnell plainly stating his position on the matter. Not saying “I’m pro life,” whch can mean different things to different people, but plainly explaining, specficically, where he stands on the issue, why he feels that way and how it might inform his decisions and actions as governor.

    I am truly puzzled at his refusal to do this, and at how not a single conservative voice thinks this is approriate. Rather, you have resorted to name calling and now, pulling out a soundbyte and affirmatively misinterpreting in order to attack.

    But the question hangs, Why won’t Bob McDonnell tell the voters of Virginia his position on this issue?

  • Dudeman

    The bottom line is that Deeds supports a woman’s right to choose — regardless of their income or situation. He said he was never in a position like that to consider it. And the reality is that most women who seek abortions are poor and/or desperate.

    McDonnell has pursued a radical right wing social agenda for most of his career. He does not support the right to choose under any circumstance.

    I don’t even think any male should be allowed to decide for any female whether she can get an abortion, so neither of these guys (including myself) should pass judgment.

  • “Dudeman” – unfortunately the Supreme Court disagrees with your opinion.

  • aznew,

    He has made it very clear where he stands. Go checck out his positions page. You are trying to suggest that he is dubious and secretive about his position so that you can drive a wedge between his campaign and the people of Virginia, your plan ain’t working.

  • While I am genuinely upset about Deeds’ attack on McDonnell’s Catholic-influenced values re: abortion, I think it is irresponsible to take his words out of context, and impute that he supports eugenics.

    If anything, the statement is simply reflective of his family’s personal decision never to have an abortion, which I view as a good thing from my perspective as a Catholic, pro-life progressive.

  • Not Pat Robertson

    And here I was thinking that many of the women who get abortions are up-scale professionals and college students who see having a child as an interruption to their career track.

  • Foobar

    That WaPo article is a good read. However, you bizarre if / then logic is not. Taking “never been so poor or so desperate” and contorting that into some silly strawman-ish, illogical conclusion that he wants to …

    1) severely limit eligibilty OR
    2) limit to just the poor

    … wouldnt pass muster at an elementary school debate. Is there an editor in charge on this site?

  • Foobar, perhaps you should stick to your elementary school debates.

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  • C. D. Cauthorne, Jr.

    I think Deeds’ open support for unrestrained, legalized abortion will hurt him with the demographic he has been doing well with: Rural Virginia. Bad move Deeds!

  • Frank D

    First, Creigh Deeds said he was running for governor, not Congress, and so didn’t want to discuss federal issues, that he wanted to discuss issues important to the state, economics issues and so forth.
    Then he fell fifteen points behind in the polls and suddenly wanted to discuss abortion, which is a federal issue. A state governor can’t make abortion illegal because it is a matter of federal law.
    Now we hear Deeds fumbling all over the place desperately trying to get traction on some sort of issue to attack McDonnell with because Deeds is losing the election and feeling the heat.
    How would Deeds react if he was governor and an emergency arose putting the heat on him? Would he again fumble around aimlessly? How you campaign for a job shows a sign of how you’ll perform in the job, Creigh.

  • Mark

    C’mon Jim – that’s a Palinesque fact-free leap to an illogical conclusion.

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