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Paul Ryan on His Opposition to Abortion at the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate
October 11, 2012
I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in...
Paul Ryan on the Obama Administration’s Position on Abortion at the Vice-Presidential Debate
October 11, 2012
[The Obama administration is] infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic...
Joe Biden on How His Faith Affects His Views on Abortion and Other Issues at the Vice-Presidential Debate
October 11, 2012
My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. [...] With regard to abortion, I accept my...
Mitt Romney on Prioritizing Freedom of Religion in His 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech
August 30, 2012
As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's...
Rick Santorum on His Opponent's Weak Record on Pro-Life Causes while in Wisconsin
March 29, 2012
[Romney] put a mandate on Catholic hospitals, under 'Romneycare,' that they had to provide the morning-after pill, which as...
Mitt Romney on His Opponent's Weak Pro-Life Record while in Wisconsin
March 29, 2012
In the Senate, Rick Santorum voted for Planned Parenthood.
Ron Paul on Being Guided by Faith and Principle in a Campaign Ad
March 1, 2012
Pro-life, pro-right to work, guided by faith and principle. Ron Paul, the one who will restore American now.
Mitt Romney on His Pro-Life Presidency at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference
February 10, 2012
My presidency will be a pro-life presidency. [...] I will reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious...
Rick Santorum on Charges of Theocracy at Dallas Pastors' Gathering
February 8, 2012
To actually do anything [about abortion], then you were a theocrat. You were the pastor-in-chief. You are this radical that...
Mitt Romney on Reiterating His Pro-Life Stance at the CNN Southern Republican Debate
January 19, 2012
I am pro-life. [...] I'm a pro-life governor. I am a pro-life individual. And I have to be honest here. This is not the time...
Mitt Romney on Abortion and Changing Perspectives at the Fox News/WSJ Debate
January 16, 2012
You know, the issue where I change my mind, which obviously draws a lot of attention was that when I was running for...
Rick Perry on Abortion and Foreign Aid to China at the Thanksgiving Family Forum Debate
November 19, 2011
The idea that we are sending billions of dollars to China, who are aborting 35,000 children a day, is immoral and wrong and...
Rick Perry on What It Means to be Pro-Life
October 22, 2011
It is a liberal canard to say, 'I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision.' If that is your...
Rick Perry on the Importance of Being Pro-Life
October 22, 2011
Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction.

Abortion

Abortion

This collection gathers together key candidate statements on abortion from the primary and general election campaigns, illustrating how each candidate's understanding of religion in public life influences his or her moral and political perspective on this controversial issue. You can also view a grid that juxtaposes the major positions of the major candidates here.

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