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June 5, 2013
Gabriel Gomez Tips His Hand on Abortion Rights in Tonight's Debate Vows to Support Any Anti-Choice Nominee for Supreme CourtRemains Out of Touch with Massachusetts Voters Who Are Overwhelmingly Pro-Choice
Washington, D.C. – After weeks of confusing and obscure answers to questions about abortion rights, Gabriel Gomez tipped his hand to show his true pro-life agenda during tonight's Massachusetts U.S. Senate election debate.
When asked about Supreme Court nominees, Gomez stated, “If they’re pro-life, I’ll vote for them.” See the video clip here.
This comes on the heels of his dodging basic questions about a woman's right to choose when and how and with whom she has a family. Not to mention his vague answers on where he stands on the Blunt Amendment and the Stupak Amendment, both of which are critical women’s health issues.
NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Ilyse Hogue, condemned Gomez for his comments.
"Tonight, Gabriel Gomez revealed to Massachusetts voters and to the country exactly where he stands on a woman's right to choose and that is on the opposite side of the debate from most Massachusetts voters and most Americans," said Hogue. “His admission that he would support anti-choice Supreme Court nominees shows just how out of touch he is with mainstream Americans who believe that women can make their own decisions with their families and their doctors. There's only one choice in this race: Ed Markey held true to his pro-choice values, pledging to keep Massachusetts women in mind as he assesses any justice who could determine the future of Roe v. Wade and women’s health."
A poll conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice America and the League of Conservation Voters found that primary voters overwhelmingly share Markey's views on key issues - 81% of primary voters prefer a candidate who supports a woman's right to choose, and 75% favor a candidate who voted for President Obama's health-care reform law.
In addition, a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned.
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Ed Markey to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate and gave the maximum contribution of $10,000 to his campaign.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its affiliate, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, have more than 128,000 activists, members, and supporters who will organize on behalf of Ed Markey.
For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America’s electoral work, please visit our Elections page.
Rachel Boyer, 202.973.3032