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Coakley Tacks Right on Abortion

She was against parental consent laws before she was for them.

5:42 PM, Jan 6, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Both Republican state senator Scott Brown and Democratic attorney general Martha Coakley support legal abortion, but during yesterday's debate Brown made a point of contrasting his position on this issue with Coakley's extremist record. Coakley would be a "social crusader" on the issue in Washington, Brown said. "I'm not in favor of partial-birth abortion. I am not in favor of federal funding of abortion. I do not believe in lowering the age of consent to get abortions as Martha does."

Coakley Tacks Right on Abortion

"No, that's not my position," Coakley replied. But the Boston Globe reported that in the 1980s "Coakley was a private lawyer who volunteered her time to help minors get court orders for abortions when they could not get their parents' consent."

So great was Coakley's commitment to (the ACLU's vision of) the rule of law, that she didn't push for holding a rapist on bail, but she used to spend her free time helping minors get around the law (and their parents) to get abortions.

It's remarkable that Coakley feels the need to muddy up her position on abortion in one of the bluest of the blue states. It's also remarkable (at least if you listen to the MSNBC-DNC line about the GOP's ideological purge) that conservatives across the board are rallying behind Brown--he's even won the backing Massachusetts Citizens for Life.

This makes sense: in addition to opposing federal funding of abortion and, partial-birth abortion, Brown would be another vote for conservative judges like John Roberts.

In other words, Brown is much more pro-life than Senators Bob Casey and Ben Nelson who voted for a health care bill that provides tax dollars to cover abortion on demand.

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