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Al Gore's Long Journey Into the Night.

The main issue is whether or not the Roe v. Wade decision's going to be overturned. I support a woman's right to choose. My opponent does not. It is important because the next president is going to appoint three, maybe even four justices of the Supreme Court. And Governor Bush has declared to the anti-choice groups that he will appoint justices in the mold of Scalia and Clarence Thomas who are known for being the most vigorous opponents of a woman's right to choose.

Al Gore, October 3, first presidential debate

Pro-abortion Vice President Al Gore's story is an almost classic saga of the victory of ambition over principle. While never a pro-life stalwart, Gore did compile an 84% pro-life voting the record while a member of United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1984.

But once he set his eyes on higher office, Gore did a gold-medal-winning flip-flop. Beginning with his elevation to the Senate in 1984, Gore began a journey that has made him the Abortion Establishment's poster boy. Kate Michelman's dream has come true: a candidate who has never seen an abortion he wouldn't condone.

Indeed, so thoroughly did Gore flip-flop that he co-sponsored the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act." FOCA was so radical, it would have gone further than Roe v. Wade and nullified virtually every limit on abortion passed by the states.

A fervent "population control" advocate, Gore routinely voted to use tax dollars to pay for abortions in this country and in U.S.-funded "family planning" programs overseas. After being tapped as Bill Clinton's running mate in 1992, Gore used his vice presidential position to push the United Nations to include abortion as a method of birth control, using tax dollars to lobby other nations to overturn their pro-life laws.

He used a speech to weather forecasters at a 1997 White House conference to suggest that overpopulation was contributing to so-called "global warming." One of his solutions was "the empowerment of women" in developing countries "to participate in the decisions about childbearing." In other words, abortion.

Gore loves to speak at events sponsored by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). At a January 22, 1997, event Gore said that "America's women have the right to choose, and no one will ever steal that right away. The right to choose is fundamental, lodged in our Constitution affirmed by our Supreme Court." Gore concluded with the promise that "on behalf of President Clinton, I vow to you here, and to all listening, that we will never ever let anyone take that right away."

At that event, NARAL President Kate Michelman declared, "We thank Bill Clinton and Al Gore for saving Roe.... Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for this celebration of Roe."

What follows are just some of Al Gore's words on the issue of life or death for unborn children.

"As President, I would do nothing to undermine the Roe v. Wade decision."

1987 American Public Heath Association questionnaire

"Then and now, I support a woman's right to choose and oppose the overturning of Roe v. Wade."

David Frost interview, aired September 24, 1992

"Rest assured that a Supreme Court majority appointed in a Gore administration would support a woman's right to choose."

"I believe very strongly that a woman must have the right to choose, and I believe that that right is very much at risk during this whole campaign, because if the Bush/Quayle team should have a chance to further distort the make-up of the Supreme Court, you're going to see a tremendous erosion of individual rights. We're going to prevent that from happening, and that is the reason why people who support individual freedom and the right to choose are supporting the Clinton/Gore ticket."

CBS's This Morning, July 13, 1992

"I will always, always defend a woman's right to choose. Every time Congress has tried to play politics with that fundamental, personal right, imposing gag rules and attaching anti-choice language to any bill they can think of, we have stood up to them and stopped them. If they try it again, we'll stop them again. And if they try it after the year 2000, with your help, I'll stop them. That hard-won right will be safe with me as your president."

One final quote from the October 3 debate.

[Moderator Jim] Lehrer: "What kind of [Supreme Court] appointments should they expect from you, Vice President Gore?"

MR. GORE: "...[I]n my view the Constitution ought to be interpreted as a document that grows with the -- with -- with our country and our history.

"And I --I believe, for example, that there is a right of privacy in the Fourth Amendment and when the phrase a `strict constructionist' is used and when the names of [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia and [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas are used as benchmarks for who would be appointed, those are-- those are code words and nobody should mistake this for saying that the governor would appoint people who would overturn Roe v. Wade. I mean, just-- it's very clear to me. And I would appoint people who have a philosophy that I think would make it quite likely that they would uphold Roe v. Wade.">EN
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Title Annotation:Al Gore's views on women's rights and abortion
Author:Andrusko, Dave
Publication:National Right to Life News
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2000
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