IFAS | Freedom Writer | Winter 2001 | laura.html

Laura Bush differs on abortion

Laura Bush, the president's wife, said in a January 18 interview on the Today Show that she didn't think that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortions, should be overturned. This is in sharp contrast to President George W. Bush's position that a constitutional amendment should be passed to outlaw abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the woman.

The NBC news reporter asked Mrs. Bush whether she supported a woman's right to have an abortion. She replied, "I agree with my husband that we should try to reduce the number of abortions in our country by doing all of those things, by talking about responsibility, by talking about abstinence."

When asked directly whether she thought Roe v. Wade should be overturned she responded with, "No, I don't think that it should be overturned."

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