Why Do Republicans Blame Democrats for Legal Abortion?

In 1967, Republican Ronald Reagan, as Governor of California, signed what was then the most liberal abortion law in the country. In 1970, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, as Governor of New York, went even farther, signing a bill that allowed abortion for any reason or no reason during the first six months. The New York Legislature then passed a bill repealing the abortion law, but Nelson Rockefeller vetoed.

All of this occurred prior to Roe v. Wade, when the states had a choice in the matter, and Reagan and Rockefeller chose abortion.

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a 7 to 2 decision, and 5 of the 7 Justices had been appointed by Republican presidents. Republicans, having constitutionalized the issue of abortion, have made it virtually impossible to change the law back to the way it was. The current formulation describing what a state may do to prohibit or restrict abortion (which is not much) was written by Sandra Day O'Connor, a Reagan appointee.

So, with Republicans having brought legal abortion to the United States, on what basis do they criticize the Democrats on the subject?


And let's not forget, that the old drunk, Betty Ford, the only First Lady to get a detox unit named after her, appeared on 60 Minutes, praising Roe v. Wade as a great decision.

5 Answers

  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Reagan and Rockefeller were Republicans from very sophisticated, urban backgrounds. Heartland America is the focus of the Republican constituency, and doesn't like abortion. Nowadays, the Republican party is supported by the pro-life forces. But Reagan and Rockefeller represented the Hollywood and Manhattan sophisticates. They weren't run-of-the-mill Republicans.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Abortion is prohibited under Islamic Law.

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  • 4 years ago

    Because this is their official position: "“The platform also vows to oppose, and seek to overturn, all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” the press release stated."

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  • 4 years ago

    Then WHY do you guys yell at us??? You should be kissing my feet right now. So should HILLARY. She LOVED Margaret Sanger. She believed in cleansing this Country of Black people through Abortion.

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  • Kini
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    As I recall, it was illegal until 1973, otherwise my friends wouldnt have had to travel abroad to get one.

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