Ed Gillespie on Abortion



I never supported a Personhood amendment

Gillespie does not have a long paper trail on abortion issues, and he pushed back when Warner said he would overturn Roe vs. Wade or push a Personhood amendment, which would say life begins at conception. "Please provide the documentation for my support of any of those things," Gillespie said.

Warner countered: "If you are in the Senate, would you vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade? Did you not also support a personhood amendment?"

"No," Gillespie replied. "When did I support a Personhood amendment? There's not going to be a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade," Gillespie said. "That's a Supreme Court decision. I'm running for the United States Senate."

The Warner campaign's evidence that Gillespie supports Personhood is thin. They point to the platform passed by the Republican National Committee in 2004, when Gillespie was party chairman. "Gillespie chose the platform director and said the platform reflects the 'beliefs of our party,'" Warner's campaign emailed after.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 26, 2014

Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby

Gillespie advocated for over-the-counter sale of contraception: Speaking about the Hobby Lobby case involving employer-sponsored contraception, Gillespie said he thinks the issue can be skirted if women are just allowed to buy birth-control medication on their own without a prescription--a position that Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner also staked out recently.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 26, 2014

Opposes abortion

Even with all his experience in politics, serving as a congressional aide and a counselor to President George W. Bush, Gillespie has never been a candidate. He will embark on a campaign when, for the first time since 1969, Virginia Republicans hold no statewide office, and voters know far less about him than about Sen. Warner.

Gillespie, who opposes abortion rights and is conservative on most other issues, is running on the belief that he can unite the party in a way that did not happen last year. He has been reaching out to some of Virginia's conservative activists since Election Day, sounding them out and asking for their support.

Source: New York Times on 2014 Virginia Senate race , Jan 9, 2014

Promoting culture of life does not make me Taliban

Wanting to promote a culture of life does not make me a member of the Taliban. And not wanting my children to grow up too fast makes me a caring father, not a "troglodyte," as liberals have called those of us who worry about the coarsening of our culture

Tolerance should mean accepting and respecting those who think differently, not requiring everyone to think the same, but as far as the left is concerned, we can no longer in this country agree to disagree. They seek to redefine tolerance from accepting our differences of opinions to accepting their opinion. This is the new intolerance.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.249-250 , Sep 5, 2006

Believes deeply in the sanctity of life

For those of us who believe deeply in the sanctity of life there is a sense that if we were given the chance to make our case in the political arena it would prevail certainly in areas of broad, common-ground agreement like parental notification and partial birth abortion.

It's the feeling of being denied that opportunity that fuels much of the intensity in the pro-life community.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.219 , Sep 5, 2006

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