Gabrielle Giffords on Abortion

Last Updated : Jan 21, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Giffords is pro-choice. She has stated that abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. She has stated that she has worked to ensure that access to "family planning services" is available to people who would have difficulty paying, which seems to indicate support for government funding for abortion services. 

 

Green Valley News Interview

In August of 2010, Congresswoman Giffords was interviewed by the Green Valley Newspaper. She was asked about her position on abortion and stated that she thought that they should be safe, legal, and rare.

10. What is your stand on abortion?

I believe abortion should be safe, legal and rare. Studies have demonstrated that the health of a woman directly impacts the health of her relatives. We need to focus on prevention and outreach to improve health care for women in order to have healthier families in Arizona. I have worked hard to ensure access to reproductive health services and affordable family planning services. As a nation we must work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies by providing science-based education about abstinence, contraceptive options, HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health.

NARAL Rating

The pro-abortion group NARAL has supported Congresswoman Giffords and gives her a 100% rating.

Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Gabrielle Giffords cast a "No Vote"

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1964; Freedom of Choice Act - Cosponsor

To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman's freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

References

[1] Website: Green Valley News Article: U.S. House: Gabrielle Giffords (D) Author: NA Accessed on: 01/21/2011

[2] Website: NARAL - Pro-Choice America Article: Arizona District 8 Author: NA Accessed on: 01/21/2011

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