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Anti-abortion-rights groups slam McCain


ELISE VIEBECK

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The Hill
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Media/Opinion
Date:
11/27/2012

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ABSTRACTAnti-abortion-rights groups slam McCain - The Hill's Healthwatch Follow @thehill Advanced Search Options » Home/News Senate House Administration Campaign Polls Business & Lobbying Sunday Talk Shows Campaign 2012 Business & Lobbying K Street Insiders Lobbying Contracts Lobbying Hires Lobbying Revenue Opinion Columnists Editorials Letters Op-Ed Weyants World Capital Living Cover Stories Food & Drink New Member of the Week 20 Questions My 5 Min. W/Obama Announcements Meet the Lawmaker Jobs Video Gossip: In The Know Briefing Room Hillicon Valley E2-Wire Ballot Box On The Money Healthwatch Floor Action Transportation DEFCON Hill Global Affairs Congress GOP12 In The Know Pundits Twitter Room Home Senate House Administration Campaign Polls Business & Lobbying Sunday Talk Shows Blogs Briefing Room Hillicon Valley E2-Wire Ballot Box On The Money Healthwatch Floor Action Transportation DEFCON Hill Global Affairs Congress GOP12 In The Know Pundits Twitter Room Opinion A.B. Stoddard Brent Budowsky Lanny Davis David Hill Cheri Jacobus Mark Mellman Dick Morris Markos Moulitsas (Kos) Robin Bronk Editorials Letters Op-Eds Juan Williams Judd Gregg Christian Heinze Karen Finney John Feehery Capital Living Cover Stories Food & Drink Announcements New Member of the Week My 5 Min. W/Obama All Capital Living Video HillTube Events Video Classifieds Jobs Classifieds Resources Mobile Site iPhone Android iPad Lawmaker Ratings White Papers Order Reprints Last 6 Issues Outside Links RSS Feeds Contact Us Advertise Reach Us Submitting Letters Submitting Op-eds Subscriptions   Anti-abortion-rights groups slam McCain By Elise Viebeck - 11/27/12 05:16 PM ET Tweet Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is drawing sharp rebuke on the right for saying that Republicans should "leave the [abortion] issue alone." The Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List and Personhood USA, both groups that oppose abortion rights, attacked McCain after he spoke about the issue on "Fox News Sunday." "As far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don't think anybody like me — I can state my position on abortion, but, other than that, leave the issue alone," McCain said. On Tuesday, the SBA List called on McCain to rethink his comment in light of his stated opposition to abortion rights. "He should figure out why he decided to take that position [to oppose abortion rights] in the first place," said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "The folks that have taken the stand on this issue have taken it because we're talking about defending vulnerable human life. If it's not about that, it's not about anything." The group also released a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. meant as a "direct challenge" to McCain: "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Personhood USA took a more direct tact in an earlier statement, calling on the GOP to "drop" its former presidential candidate over his desire for a de facto truce on abortion. "We will never be successful if we compromise," said Jennifer Mason, the group's communications director. "Politicians such as Senator John McCain seem to believe that compromising and backing down on difficult issues is the answer, but we will only find success when we stand up and fight for what we believe in." Debates are brewing on the right about how the Republican Party should move forward on issues like abortion given the GOP's poor showing on Nov. 6. Republican losses in at least two Senate races were blamed on comments related to abortion that alienated centrist women voters. McCain is the most high-profile GOP lawmaker to call for a more conciliatory tone on abortion in light of the elections. Tweet View Comments Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/abortion/269647-anti-abortion-rights-groups-slam-mccain- The contents of this site are © 2012 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc. The Hill Archives: Senate | House | Administration | Campaign | Business & Lobbying | Capital Living | Opinion View News by Subject: Defense & Homeland Security | Energy & Environment | Healthcare | Finance & Economy | Technology | Foreign Policy | Labor | Transportation & Infrastructure GO TO THE HILL HOME » More Videos » Healthwatch Sections: Health.......