Words: McCain opposes abortion with exceptions for incest and rape, but doesn’t feel that a constitutional amendment will happen. “Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states.”
Actions: McCain voted FOR banning partial-birth abortions (1999), FOR maintaining the ban on military base abortions (2000), AGAINST funding to reduce teen pregnancy through education and contraception (2005), FOR notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions (2006). NARAL Pro-Choice America has given McCain a rating of 0%.
UPDATE: Here is the full statement made by Senator McCain in 1999 that has been taken out of context by his opponents – both right and left
McCain has been critized for being insensative to women’s issues. This moment on the campaign trail when a local referred to Sen Hillary Clinton as “the Bitch” paints him in a light that might lose him some women’s votes.