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Crossposted to Blue Commonwealth and The Virginia Democrat

During the blogger dinner with Creigh Deeds, the Senator mentioned that he had the strongest pro-choice record of any candidate in the race, but he refused to be more specific, telling us to “look it up.”

So I did.

Here is what I found.

In 2003, Mr. Moran voted in favor of SB 1205, a bill that banned a certain abortion procedure, one characterized with the inaccurate and inflammatory name, “partial birth abortion.”<span>  </span>In fact, SB 1205 banned these abortions even in cases that endangered the life or health of the mother. Joining Mr. Moran in voting in favor of the bill, which eventually went on to become law, was none other than Taliban Bob McDonnell, the man Mr. Moran now claims wants to take us back to the last century, and the man Mr. Moran claims he will beat like a drum. And sponsoring the bill was our old friend, “Sideshow” Bob Marshall.

This draconian law completely undercut the philosophical underpinnings of a woman’s right to choose. If that right means anything, it means that the right or a woman (or any human being, for that matter) to control their own body and their own medical treatment is a matter for the person and their licensed health care provider to decide, completely independent of any ideologically mandated procedure enacted by a legislature acting out of political expediency.

And lest there be any doubt about the radical nature of the bill in favor of which Mr. Moran voted, it was never allowed to be enforced. It was too radical, apparently, even for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the more Conservative tribunals in the nation, which struck it down in 2005.

Even more shocking, last year the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Fourth Circuit to review the law again in light of a 2007 Supreme Court case upholding a federal ban on a similar procedure. But even applying this more permissive standard, the law could not pass Constitutional muster and the Fourth Circuit again struck it down as too restrictive, saying, “The Virginia Act imposes an undue burden upon a<span>  </span>woman’s right to choose a previability second trimester abortion.”

Attorney General Bob McDonnell was disappointed with the decision, the Washington Post said.

On his Web Site, Mr. Moran says the following about his record on reproductive rights:

Brian believes that a woman, in consultation with her doctor, should have the right to make her own health care and reproductive decisions. He has consistently opposed unconstitutional infringements on a woman’s right to choose.

Does that statement square with his vote in favor of SB 1205?

Mr. Moran should both explain his 2003 vote undercutting a woman’s right to choose, and the distortion of his record on his web site, currently.

Mr. Moran should also clarify his views on a woman’s right to choose. Would Mr. Moran again vote in favor of legislation that would put the Virginia General Assembly between a decision that properly belongs to a woman and her doctor?

Originally posted to aznew on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 07:37 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I understand why he said look it up (6+ / 0-)

    "supporting" so-called partial birth abortions wasn't going to be popular, but Deeds stood up for women.

    But I'm a little bothered by your diaries attacking Moran, while giving the truly worst candidate in this race, Terry McAuliffe, a pass.

    The Rethug Party are anti-American traitors. The Congressional Rethugs form a fifth column intent on destruction of America.

    by IhateBush on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 07:40:06 PM PDT

  •  Brian Moran? He's the guy this guy's after. (2+ / 0-)
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    Matthias, Kyle the Mainer

    "I gotta rec that sh*t, even though it is completely tasteless and rude." ... "luntz and his cretinous kabal are paid bloggers from AIPAC."

    by DemocraticLuntz on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 07:41:38 PM PDT

  •  Oh well, I guess we shouldn't make him emperor (1+ / 0-)
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    He's probably still the best Democratic candidate out there for Senate from Virginia, though.

    Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

    by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 08:18:33 PM PDT

    •  I'm sorry, but those jobs are taken (0+ / 0-)

      By Democrats Webb, who is fantastic, and Warner, who'se too new to the job to really judge.  Moran's running for governor, and if we in Virginia are smart enough, we'll vote for Terry McAuliffe so that we can keep the governorship in the blue column.  Terry's the strongest candidate of the bunch.  Though I have to admit to a fondness for Deeds.  

      •  Terry McAuliffe (0+ / 0-)

        can suck a fart out of my a**hole.

        The same argument of 'he's the only one who has a chance of winning' was given for a whole host of corporate whore DLC-lovin' republican-lite douches. Terry is their king.

        "Cynicism is a sorry wisdom." - Barack Obama

        by BlueGenes on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 09:56:55 PM PDT

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      •  McAuliffe Will Go..... (0+ / 0-)

        down in flames in the fall if nominated and drag down the whole ticket, including our nominees or the House of Delegates.  So much work has gone into moving VA to a shade of blue, starting with Warner in 2001, Kaine in 2005, Webb in 2006 and Obama and Warner in 2008.

        All McAuliffe has is money and connections.  His style and personality will rub voters the wrong way.  And the crap coming from the Repubs in a general election against MaCauliife would make the Clinton's look like angels.

        MaCauliffe has no experience - NONE.  And if he wasn't such a close friend, Hillary Clinton wouldn't support him either for lack of experience.  

        •  many people disagree with you (0+ / 0-)

          I am neutral in the race.   I know people high up in state government who think exactly the opposite, that in a general election Moran will do poorly due to his connection with his brother, his Boston accent, and his long connection with Norther Virginia.   That does not make them right, but they take a very different perspective.   And some very smart people are backing McAuliffe, including author John Grisham who lives near Charlottesville, who gave TMac something like 100,000.   Del. Ken Plum, who replaced Moran as chair of the House Dem Caucus and is a former state party chair had endorsed McAuliffe.  

          First, no one knows who will win the primary, but if the electorate expands, as now seems likely, it is probably to TMac's advantage.

          Second, you assume the Republican party is coordinated and well organized.  Right now they are having a nasty food fight which may very well suppress their base.

          Third, because you react to a candidate a particular way does not mean that low-information voters will react the same way.

          I acknowledge that there is a great deal of hostility towards McAuliffe on this site.  I have also been watching all three campaigns as they have gone around the state.  So far, at least, McAuliffe has had the best organized campaign, done the best job of working the press.  

          Oh, and if you look at the end of the posting on Blue Commonwealth, the author of this diary is a Deeds supporter, not a McAuliffe supporter.  

          And Creigh would not be so vulnerable on the abortion issue because McDonnell is trying to avoid running on the social issues because they are poison with independents, and they hold the balance of power statewide.

          do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

          by teacherken on Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 02:27:15 AM PDT

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  •  Then, there's the other side of the story (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2008, Moran has a 100% NARAL rating, same as Deeds:

  •  Attacking Moran On Abortion....... (0+ / 0-)

    is the same path Hillary Clinton took with Obama, suggesting he was not pro-choice.  Partial-birth abortion is the most controversial of abortions issue and many who are adamantly pro-choice do not support this procedure.  I am radically pro-choice and I believe partial birth abortion shopul be legal, since in the few cases where this was used in the past, it was mainly used to protect the life of the mother.  Having said that, it is a gruesome procedure and I totally understand why people are so bothered about it.

    In regards to the politics of partial-birth abortion, this can only help Moran in the fall.  It's an issue he can use to reach out and attempt to find common ground with those who may not be pre-disposed to supporting a Dem for Governor.

    As a supporter of Creigh Deeds, can you tell me where he stands on this issue?

    •  I don't consider this an attack (0+ / 0-)

      But, that's semantics.

      When Brian Moran says, "He has consistently opposed unconstitutional infringements on a woman’s right to choose," is that true or false?

      This is a difficult issue -- all I want is an honest discussion.

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