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Adamantly pro-choice? Ronald Reagan and abortion in 1967. ^ | Aug. 22, 2007 | Mark Kilmer

Posted on 08/23/2007 4:40:29 AM PDT by Josh Painter

Was Ronald Reagan ever pro-choice? Did he champion and sign pro-choice legislation in 1967 when governor of California? Was he "adamantly pro-choice," and outspoken protector of a woman's right to choose?

It has been said that he was, indeed, "adamantly pro-choice." It's quite an accusation, and it is not true. First, if words mean anything, it is a false accusation. According to Merriam-Webster, for one to be adamant, he must be "unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion." To be pro-choice, one must be a proponent of a woman's right to choose legally to abort her child and in favor of legal abortion on demand. Governor Reagan did not favor the general legalization of abortion and did not hold that a woman had a right to terminate her pregnancy, and he most certainly was not adamant about it.

We have examined this within our RedState community -- here, here, and here -- but we have not reviewed what actually happened in 1967, when Governor Reagan signed California's 1967 Therapeutic Abortion Act. We shall do so now.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; prolife; reagan; romney

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1 posted on 08/23/2007 4:40:31 AM PDT by Josh Painter
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To: Sturm Ruger

I think this would have had a lot of readers had you not posted it at 4:40 in the morning!

2 posted on 08/23/2007 9:36:48 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

3 posted on 08/23/2007 12:58:01 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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To: Sturm Ruger
If you know anything about Reagan’s history, you know that his position on abortion evolved over the 1970s and that his earlier ambivalence became opposition long before the pro-life position became the bellwether issue it is today.
4 posted on 08/23/2007 1:00:49 PM PDT by CWW (Make the most of the loss, and regroup for 2008!!)
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To: CWW; Sturm Ruger

This Ronald Reagan quote shows he was never “adamantly pro-choice” as Romney CLAIMED he was on Fox News.

“Now, with regard to the permissive bill I supposedly signed, let me give you the correct history of what took place early in my term as governor. A bill was introduced that was permissive, indeed was abortion on demand. Naturally, there was great controversy about this bill. The author finally sent word that he would amend his bill to anything the governor would sign. Faced with this responsibility, I probably did more study and more soul searching on the subject that I had done on anything in my eight years as governor. I came to the conclusion, as I have already stated, that it [abortion] could only be justified to save a human life. The matter of health—meaning the permanent damage to the health of the mother if she went through with her pregnancy—was brought up. It seemed to me that the mother would have the right to protect herself from permanent damage just as she would be able to protect herself, even if it meant taking a life, from someone threatening her with mayhem, so I agreed to that provision. I thought there was adequate provision in the bill requiring responsible boards in the medical profession to declare such permanent harm would follow the birth of the child. Perhaps it was my inexperience in government, but, like so many pieces of legislation, there were loopholes that I had not seen, and the thing that made the California abortion bill become somewhat permissive in nature was violation of the spirit of the legislation by the groups that were supposed to police it. This was particularly true in the case of psychiatrists. If faced with the same problem today, I can assure you I would make sure there were no loopholes in the bill.”

5 posted on 08/23/2007 3:41:29 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat!
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To: Sturm Ruger; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...


6 posted on 08/23/2007 10:23:59 PM PDT by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: Sun

Very important info in #5, further solidifying his great legacy. Bookmarking.

7 posted on 08/24/2007 12:01:20 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Sturm Ruger
American Liar

As governor, [Ronald Reagan]
was adamantly pro-choice.

8 posted on 08/24/2007 12:05:29 PM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: All

American Liar bump.

9 posted on 08/24/2007 1:56:57 PM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: Aquinasfan

Thanks for bookmarking the post.

10 posted on 08/24/2007 3:38:41 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat!
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To: Sturm Ruger

Is this supposed to be another attempt to link Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan’s names? To imply that Fred will be just like Reagan? The fact that they were both actors is where the similarities should end. No one will ever be another Reagan and I find it hard to swallow when people try to present Fred as being like another President. They are each their own person. Similarities end with the acting issue. It is time for Fred to stand on his own two feet, his own race, his own issues, his own merit. Please stop trying to make the connection more than the similarity it is. I feel as though our intelligence is being insulted and we are being hooked into an info-mercial for a politician. Just my two-cents worth....

11 posted on 08/24/2007 9:14:29 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Josh Painter
The people I have the real problem with; are those who have not changed their minds. Why are 'second thoughts' always considered illigitimate/inauthentic - when it is someone elses 'change of heart/mind'? Has everyone, and I mean 'EVERY'one who is pro choice; ALWAYS been so? (Of course, NOT).

Yes, I can be sceptical when I hear Trump 'go here'. OTOH; do believe people find a bottom line; and often, it is when they are older and wiser. At least, he is publicly making his case. . .and believe he would stand by it.

12 posted on 04/04/2011 6:02:23 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made i)n the USA either.. .)
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