New Obama ad claims that McCain will make abortion illegal
Obama’s new radio ad, airing widely in at least seven swing states, tells voters McCain “will make abortion illegal.” It’s airing as McCain courts female voters with the addition of the staunchly anti-abortion governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, to his ticket. . . . .
The campaign didn’t release further details of the ad buy, but Politico readers reported that it’s airing in Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Colorado. . . . .
1) Abortion was not illegal in any states prior to Roe v. Wade. There were always exceptions for the life and health of the mother, where some states left it up to the doctor to decide and other states left it up to a panel of doctors to decide whether the mother's life or health was endangered if she didn't have the procedure.
2) Even if Roe was overturned, which seems quite unlikely at the moment, the decisions would be left to the states. I have a hard time believing that any of the states mentioned would ban abortion. Virginia, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado all have Democratic governors who support abortion rights.