NARAL Releases Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
After examining the records and views of the ten most frequently mentioned potential Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, NARAL released a Report Card on Choice, with 7 out of the 10 Republican candidates receiving an "F" with comments such as "appalling job," "dreadful work," and "disappointing." The majority of the Democratic candidates received an "A" for voting on choice issues using descriptions like "outstanding" for Senator Dianne Feinstein and "a superlative performance" for Governor Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, the most recently mentioned of the Democratic vice presidential candidates, received only a "C" on choice issues because he voted to criminalize safe abortion procedures used prior to fetal viability even if the woman's health is in danger, he refused to cosponsor the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he also voted to ban Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. NARAL does note, though, that he "continues to show steady progress and improvement."