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NAME: MOHAMED RAJANI COURSE: US NATIONAL POLITICS (PSC 100-B) INSTRUCTOR: PROF. O’DONNELL SUBMISSION DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2008 CAMPAIGN ISSUES – WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND? ABORTION Abortion is a highly sensitive issue which deeply divides the American public and has become a fundamental political matter. The United States Supreme Court in 1973 overturned all state and federal laws outlawing or restricting abortion through the Roe v. Wade case. The case legalized abortions up until the “point at which the fetus becomes viable” which it states occurs “at about seven months (28 weeks)” but could even occur a month earlier, a stage at which the fetus is “potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid.” The court also granted abortions after the viability stage if the mother’s life was at risk. 1 The decision widely divided people into pro-choice (supporters) and pro-life (opponents). Where do the Candidates Stand? Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin – Republican Presidential Ticket Both Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are pro-life and denounce abortion. They support abortion only in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk. 2 However, during her 2006 campaign for governorship of Alaska, Gov. Palin reportedly said she’d want her daughter to “bear the child” if she were to conceive it through rape. 3
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2009 for the course PSC PSC 100 taught by Professor Dr.oliviao'donnell during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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