Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Beshear, Fletcher Discuss Abortion-Rights Views
Kentucky gubernatorial candidates Steve Beshear (D) and Gov. ErnieFletcher (R) on Wednesday in a televised debate aired that airedlocally discussed their views on several issues, including abortionrights, the AP/Evansville Courier & Press reports (Alford, AP/Evansville Courier & Press, 10/4).
Fletcher,who opposes abortion rights, has said that abortions should be illegalexcept in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnancy endangers thelife of the pregnant woman. Beshear, who supports abortion rights,opposes the procedure after the first trimester but has said decisionsabout abortion should be left to families, not the government. Beshearhas said the solution to reducing the number of abortions is to providemore job security and better health care for women. Fletcher has saidthat Beshear is attempting to conceal his abortion-rights position (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 9/25).
Beshearon Wednesday said, "Abortion is a tragedy anytime it happens, under anycircumstances, and as governor, I'm going to do everything I can tomake sure that women have choices other than that." Some politicalscientists said debate likely will have little effect on the governor'srace. Polls show Beshear leading by 17 to 20 percentage points, the AP/Courier & Press reports (AP/Evansville Courier & Press, 10/4).
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