Yesterday, John McCain’s campaign sent an e-mail to supporters in Alabama reiterating the Senator’s anti-abortion record. Of particular note is the assertion that, “John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned” (See below for the full e-mail.)

This contradicts statements made by the Senator in his 2000 presidential campaign. On August 19 of 1999, he told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I’d love to see a point where it [Roe] is irrelevant and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary…But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to (undergo) illegal and dangerous operations.”

Yesterday’s e-mail read:

“Dear Fellow Alabamian,
This is the first in a series of messages we will be sending to you highlighting Senator John McCain’s Common Sense Conservative Voting Record and Policy Positions. Below you will find detailed information about Sen. McCain’s strong record as a pro-life conservative. For more information about John McCain, please visit his website at
Thank you,
Tim Howe
Alabama State Director
John McCain 2008

John McCain’s Pro-Life Record

John McCain is pro-life and has always fought for the rights of unborn children.

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned.

John McCain has repeatedly voted against abortion.

The pro-abortion groups NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have given Sen. McCain a 0% rating for his strong and consistent pro-life voting record.

Sen. McCain voted at least eight times to ban partial birth abortions, including voting twice to overturn President Clinton’s veto of the partial birth abortion ban.

Sen. McCain voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

John McCain will continue to promote adoption.

Sen. McCain cosponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against families with adopted children, to provide adoption education and to permit tax deductions for qualified adoption expenses.

John McCain will nominate judges who will strictly interpret the Constitution.

Sen. McCain strongly supported the nominations of Justices Roberts, Alito, Rehnquist, Thomas, and Scalia.

John McCain is noted for his long pro-life record.

“McCain has a long record of opposition to abortion rights . . .” (Dan Balz, and Shailagh Murray, “Mass. Governor’s Rightward Shift Raises Questions,” The Washington Post, 12/21/06)

“[H]e is the only Reagan conservative in this race John McCain in 1986 voted to block federal funding of abortion seven times as a U.S. Senator, he voted against partial birth abortion and has voted for parental notification. For me as a pro-life Catholic Republican he is precisely right on the pro-life issues. I think he is very conservative. Very much a true blue consistent on that subject.” Former Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK), (Fox News’, “America’s Newsroom,” 2/20/07″