In October, Rewire developed a questionnaire for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, designed to help our readers distinguish between the various contenders' positions on sexual and reproductive health and rights — beyond the sole issue of abortion. Our questions were designed to get under the surface of the candidates' rhetoric on reproductive rights and clarify how far each one was willing to go to support concrete policy changes to back up his or her stated beliefs. While no Republican candidate's campaign responded to our questionnaire, in mining through their public statements, we found out the following about their positions on sexual and reproductive health issues.
Concrete information on the Republican candidates' positions and commitments on reproductive health and rights is farther and fewer between, since their websites generally only include information about the issue of abortion. Here's what we were able to come up with.
Sen. John McCain believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Instead, he advocates increasing adoption (but presumably opposes adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples, since he does not recognize non-heterosexual family structures) and creating an environment that would encourage pregnant women to become mothers "by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need," rather than by passing legislation that would support pregnant and parenting women. He also opposes comprehensive sexuality education.
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