Rep. Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez are running in the special election for the open seat in the U.S. Senate for Massachusetts.
Rep. Ed Markey
Rep. Ed Markey is pro-choice.
- NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Rep. Markey in the special election for U.S. Senate because of his steadfast commitment to protecting and defending a woman's right to choose.
- Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said of Rep. Markey: "Rep. Markey is the only candidate in this race with a steadfast commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and privacy. Markey shares the widely-held belief that women are capable of making their own health-care decisions without interference from politicians…Ed Markey is the only candidate in this race who women can trust to defend their reproductive rights and we proudly support his campaign. We will do all we can to make sure that our Massachusetts members know he is the reliable ally they should support on April 30."
- Of the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsement in the Democratic primary, Rep. Markey said: "I am proud to have NARAL Pro-Choice America endorse my candidacy. I strongly support a woman's right to choose and believe women should have access to the full range of reproductive health care choices. With reproductive rights under constant attack, women across the country and in Massachusetts need a champion on these issues in the Senate. I've spent three decades fighting for women's freedom of choice, and I will continue this track record if elected to the Senate."
- Rep. Markey earned a 100-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2012 Congressional Record on Choice.
- In an interview with The Boston Globe, Rep. Markey said, "I came to believe that decisions about a woman's reproductive health should be left between the woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith. This issue is one that is intensely personal and I made the decision 30 years ago that I could not and should not impose my religious beliefs on others. And my record since then reflects that."
- Rep. Markey also told The Boston Globe, "I'm opposed to a constitutional amendment to ban abortion or limit access of poor women to federal funds for abortion."
Gabriel Gomez is anti-choice.
- Gomez lists his anti-choice beliefs on his campaign website.
- Demonstrating complete ignorance about Roe v. Wade and the anti-choice position of a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Gomez said "I'm personally pro-life. But I am not going down to D.C. to change the law. Roe v. Wade was settled 40 years ago. It's settled law in Massachusetts. Justice Scalia, a very conservative justice, has effectively said that it's established law. And I agree with him. However I do not support late-term abortion. I think you should have parental consent."
- Gomez would vote for anti-choice Supreme Court nominees, which could set the wheels in motion for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. When asked in a debate about Supreme Court nominees, Gomez stated, "If they're pro-life, I'll vote for them."
- Gomez has avoided saying how he would have voted on the Blunt amendment, which the Senate defeated in 2012. It would have allowed employers to deny workers birth control coverage based on the employer's personal beliefs.
During an interview about reproductive rights, when asked about where he stands, Gomez said, "Oh, is this like the Catholic Church and all? Yeah, I don't believe the Catholic Church – or any faith, any organization like that — should have to do something that goes against their doctrine."
Gomez's campaign has also described the issue of women's contraceptive coverage as just "inside baseball."
- Gomez opposes letting servicewomen get abortion care at their base hospital.
- Gomez also avoids saying how he would have voted on the Stupak amendment, which would ban abortion coverage in the new health system. When asked about it, he said: "Is this federal funding for abortion? I don't believe that there should be federal dollars to fund abortion," Gomez said. When The Boston Globe explained to Gomez that this failed measure would have made it virtually impossible for private insurance companies in the new system to provide abortion coverage, Gomez clearly did not understand it. He reiterated: "OK, but I don't think there should be federal funding for abortions."
- Gomez said he supports parental consent for both abortion and the "morning-after" pill.
Gomez supports forced-waiting periods for women accessing abortion care, saying "I don't think that's too much to ask." Later, his campaign backtracked saying that if a vote came up in the Senate on waiting periods, he would vote against it.
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