Vice President Al Gore has selected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his running mate, confirming that the Democratic presidential ticket will remain staunchly in favor of abortion rights. During his 12 years in the U.S. Senate, Lieberman has consistently voted for a woman's right to choose and has worked to preserve the constitutional right for women to have safe and legal abortion services. Lieberman cosponsored the Freedom of Choice Act which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he voted to repeal the Hyde amendment which bans Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women. In addition to voting for the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) which works to prevent abortion clinic violence, Lieberman has also opposed a federal ban on safe abortion procedures. Gore's decision to pick Lieberman as his running mate also marks the first time there will be a Jewish vice presidential candidate in American history.
Media Resources: Associated Press, August 7, 2000 and NARAL Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice