November 15th, 2007
10:34 PM ET
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Candidates vow support for abortion rights

(CNN) - At the Democratic presidential debate, all the candidates agreed on at least one issue: their nominee as a Supreme Court justice would have to agree with the underlying tenants of abortion rights.

Citing the 14th Amendment, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, and the right to privacy, all the candidates agreed that they would require their nominee to believe in at least one of those principles.

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, who previously chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and is the only candidate to preside over Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said he would look for someone with real world experience and appoint a woman.

"The next person appointed on the Biden administration is going to be a woman," Biden said. "We don't have enough women on the bench."

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- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Choose life.

    Yep, you can be sure the Dems will continue to support the right of women to kill their unborn babies. If you take that view you would have to agree that terrorists have the right to kill. Why not? Who's standard do we live by. Clearly both options are WRONG and that is why you shouldn't vote for a Democrat. VOTE FOR HUCKABEE

    November 15, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Jeff, Minneapolis, MN

    This is where I think Joe Biden really stepped up in the debate and showed off his experience over all the others. His answer amplified common sense, experience, and the necessary distance from extreme influential corporate and religious parties.

    November 15, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Pamela Hodenberg, Bridgton, Maine

    Well, at last they can agree on one thing, "it's a womans right to privacy"

    November 15, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Richard Lawrence, Little Rock, AR

    I was highly disappointed in how Wolf moderated the debate in putting his own spin on questions. However, the most offensive action was how Suzanne Malvo took the questions from the audience and then added her own comments. I really expected more from CNN.

    November 15, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Chris, Pensacola FL

    People do have rights, but murder is not one of them. I could care less what these unfortunate women do with their bodies, but murder isn't acceptable. Just because you have life inside your body doesn't give you some divine authority to kill it.

    November 15, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. DB, Coral Springs, FL

    Why is everyone so afraid of "litmus tests"? I don't know why democrats can't come out and say that for the last 25 years Republicans have systematically stacked the federal courts with pro-business, anti-consumer, anti-civil rights judges and it's time to restore some balance and sanity to the court system to undo the damage that has been done. The choice in this election is to elect a president who will ensure that Roe v. Wade is overturned (which the majority of the country would not support)and will appoint judges who will continue to erode civil, consumer and employees' rights, or to elect one who will appoint judges to balance the far right judges appointed by Reagan and both Bushes. That should be made clear and not tip-toed around. Obama was the closest to taking a real stand, but I would like to see Dems stop being afraid to tell the truth and commit to appointing judges to loosen the conservative stranglehold.

    November 15, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    Way to go Joe, you just marginalized yourself with a stupid statement. Who cares what gender the next justice is? Prejudicing one's vote upon a single issue is just stupid, especially when it's shrouded in this ridiculous concept that abortion is somehow a privacy issue. Everyone will agree that it's a terrible thing but ultimately, the feds need to stay out of our lives, out of our bedrooms, and out of our bodies and let the PEOPLE make this decision. Focus on trying to educate people not to make stupid decisions which lead to them being confronted with the idea that an abortion is a good idea. It's NEVER a good idea. Children are a blessing and we should be protecting life, not destroying it. Stop snowing the public with this crap about the right to privacy when it has nothing to do with abortion. Work to make sure people don't make dumb decisions where abortion even enters the equation. Then, face up to responsibility and raise a child! You won't regret it!

    November 16, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. charmaine ,greenlawn,ny

    Why should we care if the Chinese are poisoning our children; when we murder them and pull them apart piece by piece in abortions. You should watch what happens. We are no better than terrorists and savages in this country. Abortion is murder, capitol punishment is murder.Let people live !!!

    November 16, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. Ann ME

    Come on CNN, bring back my comment. There's no way you've received too many comments on this one.

    November 16, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Mike, NY

    It's not an issue of privacy.

    I don't believe in banning abortion outright, but come on. It's a matter of life and when that fertilized egg/glob of cells/fetus is considered a human being, and thus carries the right to live. Privacy has absolutely nothing to do with that.

    November 16, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Dave Smith St. Marys Kansas

    Its not a womans right to privacy, that Dems argue, that gives them the right to choose, we all have the right to some what extent the law will allow you to ease your consience simply because that law says its o.k. to end, what we all know; left untouched, will gives you the right to choose right or choose wrong.

    November 16, 2007 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Many so-called "pro-life" don't mind the deaths of Americans and Iraqis in this illegal, never ending war.

    This group of conservatives also does not mind spending trillions for war and very little for health care for the children who are already here.

    When all children are adopted into loving homes, when all foster homes are not needed, when ketchup is not considered a vegetable, then talk to me about murder.

    Too many child advocates only care about "Children" from conception to birth ... then, kid, good luck are on your own – hope you choose your parents well.

    November 16, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  13. Sue, Austin TX

    Murder? Without the host mother there is no life. Fetuses are NOT self-sustaining. Abortion needs to stay safe, legal and readily available. Way to go Dems for finding common ground on at least one issue.

    November 16, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. sevens7777 Frisco, Txs

    To the men commentors, its amazing that you impose your beliefs on women. My right is to privacy, and what women want is to have their privacy no matter what you believe. No abortions HUH?, why should a woman be punished by society because of incest, rape, or whatever, and was impregnated and have to rear a child out of these circumstances. Its a choice that this person and whoever have to deal with and not you. Prolifers need to cool your heels and respect the rights of others whether you agree or not.

    November 16, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. RealityKing

    Citing the 14th Amendment to protect Roe v. Wade is equivalent to citing the 1st Amendment to protect yelling fire in a crowded mall. Neither makes your rights more important than others..

    November 16, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Kate, Aurora CO

    In response to SB Stein:

    People who support the woman's right to choose do not promote the idea that sex is just for fun. On the contrary, prochoice people are for educating and providing controceptives to young adults. It is not about promoting promiscuity but about telling our children, if you choose to have sex then be responsible and know the risks. I think educating your children to be responsible is important but teaching them sex is only for creating life is wrong and archaic thinking. Abstinence is also something worth teaching but at the same time having an open dialogue about sex is the only responsible thing to do. If you look at other countries where the views of sex aren't so repressed like ours, you will see their teen pregnancy rates are much lower as are their teen STD rates. Education is key.

    November 16, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. RIghtyTighty

    Abortion should only be legal when coupled with a suicide. That way both unwanteds are disgarded at the same time..

    November 16, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Alex, Cyberville IT

    Men have every right to say their beliefs. I find it odd that so many women had a bad father figure or an abusive childhood in their life to despise strong leading men down the road. Everyone should have privacy, but you are ignorant of the law if you think it's ok to murder someone. You don't get privacy for that.

    We need to be more like the middle east. Women have too many rights these days and look at what our society has become. I'm not saying the middle east is perfect, but women know their place and will bomb those that try to disrupt their lifestyle.

    November 16, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Anon USA

    CNN MODERATORS – why do you continue censoring views that reflect a Pro-Life position? Is it just your personal choice? A CNN decision?

    3 respectable comments made... all 3 seemingly censored out.


    Also – Why don't you moderator(s) make yourself accountable to your viewers? Why do you not feel a need to explain your decisions – yet expect viewers to participate in your ticker?

    CNN is fast becoming the butt of news networks for your blatant support of Hillary, incompetent coverage, and vaccuous support of this ticker.

    And no, I don't expect THIS comment to be posted either. Why break your record of censoring those that disagree with you?

    November 16, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Amelia, Cambridge MA

    Tenets. Not tenants. Tenets.

    November 17, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  21. R Forte, Glens Falls, New York

    Let's see.... the unborn are probably the most oppressed minority in American... the genocide of this minority group continues will far exceed the death figures of the holocaust and these candidates support its continuing? What is wrong with these people?

    For the democrats, let's kill the unborn, let's loose the war, let's not even think of curtailing illegal immigration..... what a bunch of whackos!

    They are forcing this independent voter elsewhere.

    November 17, 2007 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  22. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Independents should look at the whole picture. Do they want a continuation of this kind of corrupt, immoral and hypocritical administration?

    Bush is financially bankrupting this country. The national debt has increased by FIFTY percent. It is estimated that the average family of four will OWE more than $20,000 in taxes to pay for it. We can't continue fighting whack-a-mole terrorists forever in Iraq. As ALL the generals have said, this war CANNOT have a MILITARY solution, it must be solved by diplomacy too and Bush is opposed to any such intellectual efforts.

    Bush FAILED to protect us from the first terrorist attack and can't protect us from the next one. We need to work with the different peoples of the world to get them to police the radicals and make terrorism less attractive. Obviously, this administration has shown no interest in such pursuits.

    I believe that the vast majority of Democrats are opposed to abortion for themselves, but believe it should be the individual choice of the woman if she wants terminate a fetus. It would be a total fantasy to ignor that it is highly likely that as many Republicans as Democrats actually have the procedure.

    Please look at the total picture before voting.

    November 17, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. laurinda,ny

    Well I am still in favor of Roe vs Wade. Alot of children were saved of having to come into this world the way people are. If they take that law away, we will have an epidemic of troubled children and where do you think they will all end up.Well your guess is as good as mine.

    November 17, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. Kate, Aurora CO

    In response to Alex in Cyberville: You are right. Men have the right to express their opinion but you sir are no man. See a real man is not threatened or intimidated by a strong, educated, opinionated woman (aka in your mind a bit**) We should know our place? Well one of us is running for the most important position in our government while another is traveling the world as Secretary of State. Go back to your cave.

    November 18, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  25. Real Man

    The next candidates appointed to the Supreme Court should be "strict constructionists" who read the Constitution for what it says, and not for what some 21st century urban femi-nazi's want it to say.

    November 18, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |