Position On Choice
EMILY's List supports pro-choice Democratic women running for office. We define pro-choice as agreeing with the constitutional right to choose guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
- The central premise of Roe v. Wade is that a woman has the right to terminate a pregnancy before viability and after viability if, in consultation with her doctor, an abortion is necessary to preserve her life or health.
Do you agree with the central premise of Roe v. Wade and will you vote to preserve it?
- Do you support federal and state funding of abortions for poor women?
- There have been numerous attempts in state legislatures and in the U.S. Congress to restrict access to abortion (for example, parental consent, waiting periods, making it a crime for someone to accompany a minor across state lines).
Do you favor any legislation restricting access to abortion?
If so, what?
- What actions have you taken to protect or advocate for a woman's right to choose?
Speeches, rallies, debates, columns, op-eds over the past 25 years, as well as participation in the 1987 March on Washington.
Posted on our campaign web page: Reproductive Rights
Whose body is it, anyway? - October 1999
Everywoman's Right To Choose - Winter 1994-95
Life and Birth in the 1700s - February 15, 1995
Full text of Roe v. Wade - January 22, 1973
- Is there anything in your record that is inconsistent with your above positions? If so, please explain.
Jean Hay Bright, Nov. 11, 2005
Office Sought: U.S. Senate, Maine, 2006