OR-1: Rob Cornilles would take away a woman's right to choose

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Back in 1996, Gordon Smith broadcast an ad in which he donned a sweater, took a stroll through a wooded glen, and tried to convince Oregonians that even though he was personally pro-life, the issue wasn't really a priority for him, and besides, the U.S. Senate just doesn't have all that much to do with the issue. (Funny, right?)

Now, in the OR-1 special election, Rob Cornilles is trying on the same approach. The difference now? The Democrats have him on tape. Check it out.

Of course, now that the Democrats have released the tape and connected the dots - telling voters exactly what the endorsement from Oregon Right to Life means - Cornilles is backpedaling furiously, desperately trying to find Gordon Smith's sweater.

Here's his response, courtesy of the O's Jeff Mapes:

This is a very sensitive issue, one that can easily divide Oregonians. So let me explain my thinking.

I'm pro-life with exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.

And let's keep in mind, I'm running for the House of Representatives, the fiscal body of the federal government. The House has a very limited role to play in this issue.

A very limited role? Really, Rob? Time and again, we've seen Republicans in the House (along with a few misguided Democrats) take every opportunity to whittle away at women's health care - including ending funding for basic birth control, denying overseas military personnel services that are legal in the United States, and even raising taxes on employers that offer privately-funded health plans that cover reproductive care.

But setting aside the argument Cornilles makes about the small federal role, his second sentence is enough for me. He's can parse the issue thirty-two different ways, but the bottom line is this: Rob Cornilles doesn't believe that women should have the right to make their own health care choices.

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    The guy parses his words but it's clear what his position is. And the agenda of the far right GOP is to pass a constitutional amendment banning abortion, and methods of contraception that they classify as abortion. Such an amendment would begin in the House of Representatives. The GOP has tried to strip contraception coverage from health care coverage and from humanitarian aid. So his contention that who is elected to Congress doesn't matter on reproductive health care and choice is bogus. If it's not proven rape or incest, the woman and the doctor go straight to jail, and contraceptive means of preventing implantation of a fertilized ovum are criminalized. Cornilles and guys like him are dishonest deceivers.

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    Pro-life, except in the cases of rape, incest, the life of the mother, war, capital punishment, or the rich having to pay more in taxes in order to enact a single-payer health care system..

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    Kari, The party's anti-Cornilles ad that you show distorts his position by lying. It clearly states in the ad (@ 30 sec.) that Cornilles wants "No Abortions, Even in cases of Rape, Incest, Health of the Mother." Yet, in your post, Cornilles is quoted (courtesy of Jeff Mapes) saying, "I'm pro-life with exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother."
    Do these lies not bother you even a little bit or is your position on ethics the one that defines ethical behavior as 'whatever it takes to win/retain power'?


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