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  •  according to what I've read, (0+ / 0-)

    Vinehout is not as pro-choice as our other options.  I don't know if that matters to you or not.

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    by James Allen on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:11:17 PM PDT

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    •  Depends on your perspective. (2+ / 0-)
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      How pro-choice does a politician need to be?

      I've spoken with Sen. Vinehout about this. Her motivation was to get legislation that worked, rather than legislation that made a stand but was overturned later on constitutional grounds. I've heard her say that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare (we need to support women's access to contraception AND ability to support children after they are born).

      I'm satisfied that she is pro-choice.. But I'm male & past my reproductive years, so I respect that YMMV.

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:36:58 PM PDT

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    •  Vinehout (3+ / 0-)

      I used to work for Vinehout as an intern, and knowing her personally, I can tell you that she is definitely pro-choice.  She is very smart and very likable, and I think if she were to make it through the primary, she would easily be our strongest general election candidate.  I'm definitely going to be voting for her.

    •  She is Pro-Choice (0+ / 0-)

      I asked her about this directly and also did some research.  The accusation that she is "not pro-choice" is based on a single vote she took on a pharmacy conscience clause.  Her vote was based on technical reasons related to provisions in the Wisconsin state constitution.  The matter was settled the next year to everyone's mutual satisfaction (or at least everyone who favors access women's health services).

      This one vote was taken out of context in order to slime her.  I'll let others speculate on where the slime originated.

      •  That's not true at all. (0+ / 0-)

        She has a long anti-choice record. She killed a bill repealing the criminal abortion ban and served on the board of Democrats for Life. She opposed the appointment of two qualified doctors to the state medical board because they supported performing abortions at the UW Hospital, and she couldn't even bring herself to support a non-binding resolution honoring Planned Parenthood.

        You can read all about it here:

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