Quotes and Sayings about Abortion



"Let's not pretend that abortion isn't about the mass slaughter of innocents."
- Michael Aston
(Related: Abortion)

"They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that's the case, there should be an immediate abortion."
- Ginger Baker
(Related: Abortion)

"As I see with Lori's testimony, you say what good could come out of all these abortions and all what she's been through? But she has been a part of a new Bible for women, a mentoring Bible."
- Jim Bakker
(Related: Women, Bible)

"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Related: Death, War, Abortion, Diversity, May, Opinion, Weight)

"By the time I was in high school, Roe v. Wade had passed, so that was also happening; girls were getting pregnant and getting abortions - and that happened in my school too."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Time, Girls, School)

"However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice."
- Tony Blair
(Related: Idea, Abortion, Choice, Circumstances, Woman)

"Make no mistake, a 'yes' vote on the Democrats' health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions."
- John Boehner
(Related: Health, Mistake, Care, Democrats, Vote)

"I was thrown into the Parliament right away. From 1976 to 1978 I was concerned with the abortion issue, later on with that of divorce."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Abortion, Divorce, Parliament, Right)

"Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers' suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Morality, Children, Connection, Dying, Hypocrisy, Mothers, Suffering)

"The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact."
- Julie Burchill
(Related: Life, Women, Abortion, Fact, Freedom)

"The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion."
- Ken Calvert
(Related: Purpose, Abortion, Act, Crime, Protection, State)

"In addition the bill would expand an existing law "conscience clause" that protects physician training programs that refuse to provide training for abortion procedures."
- Ken Calvert
(Related: Abortion, Law, Training)

"The two hot issues are the gay issue and the abortion issue. These are the two defining issues in the evangelical community these days. I'm sure that these hot buttons will be pushed, time and time again."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Time, Abortion, Community, Gay, Will)

"In short, I'm not sure that the abortion problem can be solved by legislation. I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Abortion, Legislation, Persuasion)

"I think the real place where most evangelicals have trouble with the Democratic Party is on the issue of abortion."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Abortion, Party, Trouble)

"Prior to ROE V. WADE, abortions were common even though they were illegal. I don't think making them illegal again is going to solve the problem."
- Tony Campolo
"It's all about the fungibility and money. If Planned Parenthood accesses hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and they use that for other purposes, then they can use other dollars to fund abortion."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Money, Abortion, Parenthood)

"Every day Catholics prove that you can be a good Catholic and a good Democrat and have a different position from the Church on abortion."
- James Carville
(Related: Church, Abortion, Day)

"Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Equality, Parenting, Women, Abortion, Abuse, Independence, Poverty, Problems, Solution, Today)

"However, we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Abortion)

"For almost twenty years, abortion policy in America has been controlled by the courts."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Policy, Abortion, America, Years)

"By rejecting abortion-on-demand, we can move our party back to the mainstream."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Party)

"Advocates of unrestricted abortion do not want the public to focus on these undeniable facts of fetal development, but the facts cannot be ignored."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Development, Abortion, Facts, Focus, Public, Want)

"Abortion on demand, throughout the full nine months of a pregnancy, for virtually any reason, became public policy in the United States of America. No other developed democracy had, or has, such a permissive abortion regime."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Policy, Abortion, America, Democracy, Months, Pregnancy, Public, Public policy, Reason, states, United)

"Abortion is the ultimate violence."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Violence)

"I come to urge my party to be open to debate and discussion; to move away from a lock-step litmus test which advocates abortion on demand in an effort to reach a broader national consensus."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Debate, Effort, Open, Party)

"A vast abortion industry, generating some half a billion dollars annually, sprang into existence in the wake of Roe and Doe."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Existence)

"Abortion on demand has, in my judgment, contributed significantly to an environment in our country in which life has become very cheap."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Abortion, Country, Environment, Judgment)

"The abortion issue has intersected with my public life from the very beginning."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Abortion, Beginning, Public)

"We have had virtually unlimited access to abortion for nearly twenty years. Yet during that same period, more and more women and children have slipped into poverty."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Women, Abortion, Children, Poverty, Years)

"To establish justice and to promote the general welfare, America does not need the abortion license."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, America, Justice, Welfare)

"The national Democratic Party has embraced abortion on demand. I believe this position is wrong in principle and out of the mainstream of our party's historic commitment to protecting the powerless."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Commitment, Party, Wrong)

"I am convinced that this approach, a mainstream Democratic approach, commands the strong support of the American people, and presents a sharp and compassionate contrast to the Republican abortion position which offers no real hope or commitment to mother or child."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Mother, People, Hope, Abortion, American, Commitment, Contrast, Republican, Support)

"The abortion license has not brought freedom and security to women. Rather, it has ushered in a new era of irresponsibility toward women and children, one that now begins before birth."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Women, Abortion, Children, Freedom, Now, Security)

"I am fairly certain that my abortion position hurt me, because in a Democratic primary, where turnout is relatively low, liberal voters turn out in disproportionately large numbers and thus exercise a disproportionate influence on the outcome."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Exercise, Hurt, Influence, Liberal, Numbers)

"Legal abortion will never rest easy on this nation's conscience."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Legal, Abortion, Conscience, Nation, Rest, Will)

"Indeed, an entire generation of Americans has grown to adulthood since the Roe decision of 1973, which held that the right to choose an abortion was a privacy right protected by our Constitution."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Decision, Abortion, Adulthood, Americans, Constitution, Privacy, Right)

"In this generation, the issue pressing that question on our consciences is the issue of abortion."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Question)

"If our country is to reach a workable solution to the abortion issue, the Democratic party must be open to and tolerant of opposing views."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Country, Open, Party, Solution)

"A 1990 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of Americans polled said abortion was the taking of human life. I agree, and believe that taking the life on an innocent child is unjust."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Abortion, Americans)

"The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Equality, Legal, Women, Abortion, Children)

"Abortion is a question of choice."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Choice, Question)

"You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Family, Health, Legal, Abortion, Planning)

"Taxes are like abortion, and not just because both are grotesque procedures supported by Democrats. You're for them or against them. Taxes go up or down; government raises taxes or lowers them. But Democrats will not let the words "abortion" or "tax hikes" pass their lips."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Government, Abortion, Democrats, Taxes, Will, Words)

"The biggest obstacle was mixing abortion with overpopulation. These are two things that have nothing to do with each other."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
(Related: Abortion, Nothing)

"The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Women, Abortion, Mind, Right)

"Expanding eligibility of family planning services to low-income women will maximize cost-savings to both federal and state governments, reduce the disparities in access to family planning services for low-income women, and decrease the incidence of abortion in the U.S."
- Rosa DeLauro
(Related: Family, Women, Abortion, Planning, State, Will)

"The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks."
- Barbara Ehrenreich
(Related: Money, Movies, Kids, Regret)

"I'm against abortion."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Abortion)

"Without Khomeini, we would not be where we are. What a pity that, when pregnant with him, his mother did not choose to have an abortion."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Mother, Abortion, Pity)

"I do not support abortion rights. Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me."
- Stanley Fish
(Related: Abortion, Rights, Support)

"I want to know how these very people who are against war because of loss of life can possibly be the same people who are for abortion? They are the same people who are for animal rights, but they are not for the rights of the unborn."
- Jim Gibbons
(Related: Life, War, People, Abortion, Rights, Loss, Want)

"The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control."
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg
(Related: Control, Abortion, Privacy, Right)

"Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Related: Change, Women, Policy, Abortion, Choice, Laws, Obvious, Poor, states, Will, Woman)

"In addition, the bill passed by the House requires a person performing an abortion on a minor from a different state to notify one parent in the home state."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Home, Abortion, State)

"The papers reveal that in several key abortion cases, justices were keenly interested in the perceived public reaction to their rulings - indicating that courts can be influenced by public sentiment."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Abortion, Key, Public, Sentiment)

"My own views on abortion, I'm not on either pole of that and neither of the interest groups on either end of this issue would probably be comfortable with my views."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Abortion, End, Interest)

"But I've been very clear in this campaign - I don't believe the party should have a position on abortion."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Abortion, Party)

"I don't believe an Alliance government should sponsor legislation on abortion or a referendum on abortion."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Government, Abortion, Alliance, Legislation)

"That is why I fought against abortion and that is why if I were still in the Senate I would be doing everything I could to defend the sanctity of marriage."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Marriage, Abortion, Senate)

"I think abortion is murder."
- Victoria Jackson
(Related: Abortion, Murder)

"The abortion controversy is important for what it says about our stance toward procreation and children altogether."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Abortion, Children, Controversy)

"In the case of abortion, one pits the life of the fetus against the interests of the pregnant woman."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Life, Abortion, Woman)

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."
- Florynce R. Kennedy
(Related: Men, Abortion)

"I frankly don't care if you agree with my stand on abortion. I take that stand because no other stand is consistent with decent principles, and no other standard is consistent with the will of God."
- Alan Keyes
(Related: God, Abortion, Care, Principles, Will)

"Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Consequences)

"Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Politics, Abortion, Care, Countries, Poor)

"It only takes five people in black robes to determine such crucial issues for our country as abortion, pornography, same-sex 'marriage,' and religious liberties."
- Richard Land
(Related: People, Abortion, Country, Pornography, Religious)

"The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition in the popular defense of the family or in popular attitudes regarding abortion, crime, busing, and the school curriculum."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Family, Abortion, Bigotry, Crime, Curriculum, Defense, Nothing, Popular, School, Superstition)

"One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it's on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice."
- William P. Leahy
(Related: People, Control, Abortion, Birth control, Civil rights, Divorce, Justice)

"The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where's the compromise between life and death - and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there's nothing wrong with them?"
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Death, Life, Work, Morality, Compromise, Nothing, President, Speech, Wrong)

"I don't think there is a good reason for an abortion, but Dr. Jasper made me really realize it was just a racket. He was just doing it for the money. He didn't care about the women."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Women, Money, Abortion, Care, Reason)

"I really didn't know there was two sides to the abortion issue."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Abortion)

"It doesn't make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are-if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray-that would make a lot of difference."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Religion, Abortion, Difference, Old)

"Patients would come in and say, Well, my baby is going to have a cleft palate. I'm going like, that's not a reason. And the doctor would do the abortion."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Abortion, Baby, Reason)

"The abortionist I worked for, he's a very greedy man, a selfish man."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Man)

"There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe, who is reconsidering her position on abortion."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Abortion, Writer)

"If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does."
- Phil McGraw
(Related: Marriage, Abortion, Americans, Country, Gay, Research)

"The Roman Catholic church... carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion."
- Robin Morgan
(Related: Power, Women, Control, Church, Abortion, Birth control)

"The FDA is redefining birth control as abortion. The FDA is setting the bar higher for this kind of drug."
- Patty Murray
(Related: Control, Abortion, Birth control)

"Abortion is either OK or it's not."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Abortion)

"No one is pro-abortion."
- Barack Obama
"The abortion cases produced an enormous amount of mail to my chambers, vastly more than to the other chambers, I am sure. I sometimes thought there wasn't a woman in the United States who didn't write me a letter on one side or the other of that issue."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Thought, Abortion, Mail, states, United, Woman)

"My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm - as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Abortion, Choice, Democracy, Pornography, Prostitution, State, Suicide, Thinking)

"Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant."
- Kathleen Parker
(Related: Equality, Women, Abortion, Debate, Now)

"Under Obama, our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Abortion, Tax, Now, Pen, World)

"I have not heard that even the New York abortion has done very much in the States where it has been enacted."
- Frederick Pollock
(Related: Abortion, states)

"A majority of Americans oppose partial-birth abortion, and Judge Hamilton's decision flies in the face of Congress passing and President Bush signing legislation banning such horrible acts of violence."
- Marc Racicot
(Related: Decision, Abortion, Americans, Congress, Flies, Legislation, Majority, President, Violence)

"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Related: Death, War, Abortion, Diversity, May, Opinion, Weight)

"I do not believe in abortion at will. I do not believe that if a woman just wants to have an abortion she should... I do believe if you have an abortion you are committing murder."
- Nancy Reagan
(Related: Abortion, Murder, Will, Woman)

"A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Values, Abortion, Attention, Rights, Gay)

"Requiring military hospitals to perform elective abortions exposes the physicians, the nurses, the military personnel to move against their own personal convictions of life in many cases."
- Rick Renzi
(Related: Life, Hospitals, Military, Nurses, Physicians)

"Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is justified in an attempt to stop it."
- Eric Rudolph
(Related: Abortion, Force, Murder)

"While the political debate over abortion will continue for a very long time, the federal government can and should be doing more to support programs and services that provide women with better options."
- Tim Ryan
(Related: Government, Women, Time, Abortion, Debate, Options, Support, Will)

"If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility."
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Death, Idea, Abortion, Constitution, Flexibility, Living, Right, Want)

"Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Education, Sex, Sales)

"There is a strong correlation between belief in evolution and liberal views on government control, pornography, prayer in schools, abortion, gun control, economic freedom, and even animal rights."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Government, Belief, Control, Abortion, Evolution, Freedom, Rights, Liberal, Pornography, Prayer, Schools)

"ERA means abortion funding, means homosexual privileges, means whatever else."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Abortion)

"If you look at Griswold, what you can see is the first time the Court recognized the right to privacy, which ends up becoming ultimately the right to abortion."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Time, Abortion, Court, First, Privacy, Right)

"I personally am opposed to abortion, but I will not judge anybody else's right in that regard because I am not a woman and I could never face the actual reality of it."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: Abortion, Reality, Right, Will, Woman)

"I could never, ever have an abortion."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: Abortion)

"Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that's very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: People, Control, Abortion, Birth control, Wrong)

"Contraceptives have a proven track record of enhancing the health of women and children, preventing unintended pregnancy, and reducing the need for abortion."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Health, Women, Abortion, Children, Pregnancy)

"If they are opposed to abortion, they should be for preventing unintended pregnancies."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Abortion)

"No woman has an abortion for fun."
- Elizabeth Joan Smith
(Related: Abortion, Fun, Woman)

"Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: Life, Medical, Abortion, Potential)

"We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there's a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that's totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Abortion, Rights, Language, Law, Saying, Senate)

"We are not voting for health care if we do not resolve this language on public funding for abortion - no public funding for abortion."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Health, Abortion, Care, Language, Public, Voting)

"All I'm asking for is the law that's been on the books for the last 33 years, no public funding for abortion. We are both saying the same thing, pro-life, pro-choice. Let's find the language that works for both of us so we can pass health care."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Health, Abortion, Books, Care, Language, Law, Public, Saying, Years)

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Peace, Mother, Abortion, Nothing)

"This is not about abortion or the antics. This is about pro choice versus anti-choice and government intervention in a woman's personal decisions about her life."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Government, Life, Abortion, Choice, Decisions, Woman)

"I don't support abortion. I could never participate in one. But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Mistake, Abortion, Support)

"The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Abortion, Gay, Media, Poverty, Religious)

"I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well."
- William Weld
(Related: Abortion, Freedom, Rights, Gay)

"Ban partial-birth abortion except to save mother's life."
- Jerry Weller
(Related: Life, Mother, Abortion)

"How it is that within 60 days of a general election issue, groups can no longer tell voters that a Member of Congress votes pro-abortion, against guns, against the environment or whatever else is beyond me."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Congress, Environment)