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    GOP victory could spell doom for abortion rights

    Republican Gabriel Gomez (left) and Democrat Edward Markey squared off in their first senatorial debate.
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    Republican Gabriel Gomez (left) and Democrat Edward Markey squared off in their first senatorial debate.

    In the Senate debate on Monday, Republican Gabriel Gomez said that he is against a woman’s right to choose, but would not spend “one hour of a single day” working to change or support any law that would restrict that right. I was struck first by his unwillingness to stick up for what he believes in, then by the absurdity of his statement. Does Gomez really not know that Supreme Court justices, who rule on abortion matters, are appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate?

    In fact, Gomez said that he might support a judicial candidate who would do away with a woman’s right to choose, and Democrat Edward Markey said he would not.

    The Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, recently sent out a fund-raising solicitation in which he states that a GOP majority in the Senate begins with securing a victory for Gomez. So, if Gomez is elected, and there is a Republican Senate majority, his vote for a Supreme Court nominee could have the eventual effect of overruling Roe v. Wade, and thereby cause the most dramatic and detrimental change in the law in decades.


    Further, does Gomez really not know that he will repeatedly be called upon to vote for or against bills that may provide funding for contraception, insurance coverage for abortions, waiting periods and/or parental consent, and an unlimited number of other laws that directly restrict or expand this constitutional right?

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    He apparently wants to run away from his abortion position. But, in the Senate, there would be no place for him to hide.

    Gil Hoy