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Meg Whitman and abortion rights

A news release went out yesterday saying the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice California would be joining women voters in protesting Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s event this morning in Anaheim:

(S)he has repeatedly refused to clarify her position on the issues of choice, abortion and women’s reproductive health rights. We urge voters to join us in a call to clarify her position.

Meg Whitman has engaged in cynical double talk on public funding for abortions. In 2009, she told the Flash Report that she supported public funding for abortions. In 2010, Whitman attacked Steve Poizner for supporting public funding for abortions. Whitman attacked Poizner for a position she herself had espoused less than a year before.

California women need to know where she stands as she has NOT been a consistent supporter of a woman’s right to choose. NARAL-endorsed Jerry Brown is the only choice for women who are Pro-Choice.

Today, even as the Anaheim event would’ve been wrapping up, the Republican Majority for Choice PAC and its WISH List Project formally endorsed Whitman.

RMC national co-chair Candace Straight said the former eBay CEO “embraces the Republican values of personal freedom, fiscal responsibility and limited government. She supports reproductive rights and believes choices should not be taken away from women and their doctors.”

Added RMC national co-chair Susan Bevan: “Republican Majority for Choice PAC is confident Meg Whitman will maintain California’s long tradition of supporting reproductive rights.”

The PAC supports pro-choice GOP candidates who support the full range of reproductive options, including education, pregnancy prevention, motherhood, abstinence, adoption, and safe, legal abortion. It also supports federal funding for all kinds of stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research. It has given $70,000 to GOP House and Senate candidates so far in this election cycle, including $5,000 to Tom Campbell in California’s GOP U.S. Senate primary.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.