McCain Calls For Over Turning Roe v. Wade

McCain in engaged in a tough battle against Mitt Romney to see which can move the furthest to the right to get the support of the religious right. AP reports:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain (news, bio, voting record), looking to improve his standing with the party’s conservative voters, said Sunday the court decision that legalized abortion should be overturned.

“I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” the Arizona senator told about 800 people in South Carolina, one of the early voting states.

McCain also vowed that if elected, he would appoint judges who “strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench.”

The landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade gave women the right to choose an abortion to terminate a pregnancy. The Supreme Court has narrowly upheld the decision, with the presence of an increasing number of more conservative justices on the court raising the possibility that abortion rights would be limited.

McCain is being consistent with his views from the fall of 2006, but as noted previously this contradicts the view he expressed in 1999 when he was trying to establish his reputation as a centrist and said he would not have an abortion “litmus test” for Supreme Court nominess. McCain’s flip flops on teaching intelligent design were also reviewed last week.

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