Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A note about O'Connor's position on choice

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM

In a post about campaign contributions I made last week, I noted that Corey O'Connor, who is running for the city council seat once held by his father, had received $500 from Family PAC. As I noted at the time, Family PAC typically supports pro-life causes -- a fact that raised flags over at 2politicaljunkies.

The site noted that, while a woman's right to choose is not typically the sort of thing local officials decide (and let's thank God for that), the protection of women's clinics often is left in their hands.

O'Connor's rival, Chris Zurawsky, is an unabashed supporter of abortion rights. Accordingly, he's receieved the stamp of approval from a political committee affliated with Planned Parenthood, as well as the Gertrude Stein Political Club, which considers abortion rights in deciding who to endorse.

So where's O'Connor on this issue? Our very own Chris Young asked him that question awhile back. It seems safe to say that O'Connor was not as enthusiastic about the issue as Zurawsky is. But O'Connor did respond that if elected to council, "I would support the bubble-zone" -- a reference to a protester-free area that is maintained around the entrance to family-planning cliincs. O'Connor later added that he didn't think local elected officials "should make a decision on someone's personal life and how they want to choose."

So if it helps you to choose between these candidates ... this is where the candidates say they stand on choice.



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