Scott Brown: Pro-life or Pro-choice?

Is Scott Brown Pro-life or Pro-choice?

I am following the Scott Brown – Elizabeth Warren Senate race very closely.  Most of my friends are backing Warren, but I have a few friends supporting Brown.  I'm tracking both candidates positions on health care, jobs and the economy. 

I bought my current house in Somerville about five years ago.  I still get the mail from the previous owners of my house.  They were devout Catholics.  So I was a bit surprised when I picked up my mail and found a very strong pro-life endorsement for Scott Brown.

Why surprised?  Because the day before I had just received a mailing from Scott Brown that was all about how he was pro-choice.  Hmmm, just who is Scott Brown: Pro-life or Pro-choice?  

The mail for the former owners said that Brown, "voted to repeal Obamacare."  It said that Brown, "opposes using your tax dollars to pay for abortion" and supports "requiring parental notice."

But the other mailing for Scott Brown was all about his "strong record on Women's Issues."

It said Scott Brown is "committed to promoting a woman's right to choose" and that he, "successfully fought to protect funding for Planned Parenthood."

As someone who believes in the sanctity of life, I can respect a politician who has a so-called "pro-life" position, even though that is not my position.

What really offends me is someone who is trying to play both sides.  Brown's targeting one group (like the former owners of my house) with a pro-life message, while targeting other voters like me with a strong pro-choice message. I've included pictures with this article of both pieces of Scott Brown literature.  

That's not coming clean with Massachusetts voters.  That's not showing honesty or political integrity.  Brown should disavow one position or another.  If he doesn't, is he really of the caliber to represent us in the U.S. Senate?

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Neil October 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM
With all due respect, Elizabeth Warren went to DC and built the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau working with Democrats and Republicans and Financial Services Industry CEO's. Last Week, American Express was forced to return $85 million to customers it had bilked from them using deceptive business practices. CFPB works for customers and helps keep our markets fair and free of corruption. Sheila Bair, a Republican who ran FDIC which insures our savings and checking deposits, and who worked with Elizabeth Warren in DC, endorsed Warren and said: “I have never endorsed a Democrat, but I know Elizabeth well, and I know she will be independent.” –Sheila Bair http://t.co/KDKjNpmZ The story being told by Scott brown supports is not even a close approximation of the truth. Wall St banks want business as usual and they know she doesn't buy their bs. It was the Wall St banks that crashed our economy and caused the great recession; 8.5 million americans lost their jobs. Homeowners lost $14 trillion in value. Warren wants the US govt to take the steps needed so that this does not happen again (to the middle class.)
Matt C October 31, 2012 at 03:58 AM
So I think the adds do a good job presenting information to people that they want to hear. e.g. he can be for opposing tax payer funded abortion AND be pro choice. its all about the spin. That said the issue is important to many people. personally I don't think it you can be non partisan in this issue - you are either for the government banning access to safe abortion services or you are for the government ensuring that women have access to safe abortion services. Now does what scott brown believe matter? Not really... well unless we have new judges being appointed to the supreme court and then whether he will vote with his party or alternatively the people he represents becomes an issue. That would be the commitment I would be looking for from him.
Jason October 31, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@neil, and who help pass that bill?
Jason October 31, 2012 at 03:23 PM
With the current composition of the SJC, do you think that Roe v. Wade would be turned over? I would be irate if my tax money was burnt on rehashing that case. Yes I am pro choice, but I also am a firm believer in responsibility for ones actions. For some there is only one way to learn, thru experience. Which is learned by poor decision making. Brown is trying to remove government from the sticky issue of the freedom of religion. That's exactly where this discussion goes next. Cheers
Lynne November 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
AS a woman, jobs, the economy, the national debt, are more critical issues. To vote on a single issue doesn't make sense. I don't believe abortion is going to be outlawed (at worse returned to the states), but limits on abortion is fine by me. On that basis, I intend to vote with my smarts, not my parts. Scott Brown is a Mass native, from Wakefield. He is a statesman, NOT a politician. Liz might have a larger vocabulary, but Scott is a homegrown advocate for Mass; Warren is an academic idealogue, the epitome of a partisan liberal, handpicked and financed by powers outside of our state. Do you believe we need more Barney Franks and Pelosis in Washington? We need someone who can work with others, not more of the same that created the gridlock that is the biggest obstacle to progress.


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