August 24th, 2012

Former Gov. Linda Lingle, who is skipping the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week, is also trying to put some distance between some of the issues in the GOP platform that could be toxic to her U.S. Senate campaign against U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii.

On Friday, the Republican issued a statement calling on the RNC to consider the diverse opinions of Republicans on a women’s right to choose an abortion before adopting a platform plank recommending a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion under all circumstances.

Lingle, who supports abortion rights, said she sent a letter to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and the leaders of the GOP platform committee.

“This platform plank as drafted fails to recognize the views of pro-choice Republicans like myself. Throughout my years of public service, I have listened with great interest to both sides of this issue. The positions taken were argued with equivalent passion and commitment. But I have always been an ardent supporter of women’s rights, including a woman’s right to choose, and I do not stand alone in this opinion,” Lingle said in the letter.

She also repeated her position on abortion:

  • a woman has an unequivocal right to choose what is best for her health, including her reproductive rights;
  • decisions regarding a woman’s health care need to be left up to her, in consultation with her doctor and family;
  • women (and men), including those with limited financial resources, should have broad access to contraceptives, emergency contraceptives and family planning services provided that there are clearly defined exceptions for religious institutions. As Governor of Hawaii, she signed Act 201 in 2003, Hawaii’s emergency contraception law, allowing pharmacists in Hawaii to dispense emergency contraception without prescriptions; and
  • all legislation related to contraception, emergency contraception, family planning, and abortion must be met with equal respect for religious institutions that may object to these services. Their deeply held beliefs are no less important and must be acknowledged through appropriate exemptions within the law.

Other Republicans who have difficult campaigns in traditionally Democratic states are looking for similar distance.

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who is facing attorney Elizabeth Warren, urged the GOP to soften the platform language on abortion.

8 Responses to “Choice”

  1. Goober:

    so lingle agrees with President Obama in Contraception and Obama Health Care.
    Um? lingle is running as a republican?

  2. Bart Dame:

    This is public relations theater as Lingle tries to convince pro-choice citizens to vote for her. What it distracts us from is the stark reality, a vote for Lingle is a vote to put the GOP in control of the US Senate and to replace ALL committee chairs, who are currently pro-choice with Republican senators who are strongly anti-choice.

    Someone might still vote Republican because they want tax cuts for the rich or to slash spending on services to the middle class and low income folk. But they are LYING if they say they are “pro-choice.” They are not. The domination of the GOP by anti-choice politicians has made it IMPOSSIBLE for an honest “pro-choice” voter to vote for ANY national GOP candidate if that puts them a single vote closer to controlling the Senate or maintaining their dominance in the House.

    But Lingle betrayed the gay and lesbian community for her ambitions. Why would she not betray the pro-choice movement by voting to install Mitch (blankety-blank) McConnell as Senate president if given a chance?

    It is so easy to “oppose” the GOP platform with the safety of a press release in Honolulu. Is this the kind of “independence” we could expect from Lingle if she were elected alongside her hard right colleagues? Or will she look them in the eye and tell them face to face when she thinks their positions are wrong. Why doesn’t Lingle demonstrate her alleged independence and go to the Republican National Convention and argue on the floor against adopting this plank?

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Lingle will say anything to get elected here and then go to DC and vote for the likes of that Kentucky cracker, Mitch McConnell. Even if she actually votes in DC in accord with her purported beliefs, the haole home boys will already have gotten control the Senate and it will be too late. She is neither independent nor a leader. She’s a bad joke. An unfunny one, at that.

  4. Ken Conklin:

    I’m politically conservative, so it might come as a surprise that I believe a woman has an absolute right to control her own body. However, that does not mean she has a right to kill her unborn baby. A pregnancy can be terminated while saving the life of the fetus, in the same way as premature babies are saved from death or fertilized eggs from one woman can be implanted into the uterus of a surrogate mother. The woman who wants an abortion should be required to pay the costs for saving the fetus. But most women who want an abortion don’t want to save the fetus. Their whole reason for having an abortion is to kill the fetus. They don’t want to be burdened with the pain and disfigurement of giving birth and burdened with the costs and inconvenience of raising a baby for 20 years. So let’s be honest about this. The real reason for having an abortion is almost always the desire of a woman to kill her unborn baby. Maybe society should change the law to make it OK to kill babies, whether it before they’re born or for a while after they’re born. That’s a debate worth having. But I’ll bet there aren’t very many “pro choice” activists willing to be honest and identify themselves as being “pro baby-killing.” See my detailed essay on this topic at

  5. Goober:

    Bureaucratic Standard not a PHD!!!!!

    Contraception that is affordable can prevent the need
    for an Abortion either by rape or ill planned parenthood or just a one night stand.
    Birth control pills used by women.
    Also the protection of spreading AIDS or any other Venereal Disease.
    Men using a Condom.

  6. ohiaforest3400:

    Mr. Conklin, you give new meaning to the term “man speak with forked tongue.” Either a woman has an absolute right to control her body, or she doesn’t. You can’t take both forks in the road. By law — and common sense — that absolute right ends at viability when a fetus — not yet a baby — attains some sort of personhood.

    It really is quite telling — if not entirely appalling — that you (the “man” in “man speak with forked tongue”) claim to know what any woman — much less most women — are thinking in regards to having an abortion. That is just as conceited as you argue, for example, pro-sovereignty positions to be.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    “Hirono favored over Lingle, but not for usual reasons
    August 28, 2012
    The Maui News

    Contrary to the Aug. 19 editorial favoring Linda Lingle for Senate, I’m asking people to vote for Mazie Hirono. I’m a conservative, Tea Party independent. Why am I voting for left-wing machine Democrat Hirono?

    The Akaka Bill and racial entitlement programs are the most dangerous federal issues threatening to rip apart the lands and people of Hawaii. Lingle is better than Hirono on conservative concerns like the budget deficit, but ask the people of Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Fiji which is more important: budget deficits or ethnic strife?

    Why is Lingle uncompromisingly zealous for the Akaka Bill? How hard did she push for it as her top priority for eight years as governor? See the details at

    Lingle and Hirono both favor creating a phony tribe for ethnic Hawaiians and empowering it with governmental authority. Why prefer Hirono? Because she would be totally ineffective on the Akaka Bill whereas Lingle might succeed. Senate Republicans have blocked it for 12 years. If Hawaii sends Democrats to Congress who favor the Akaka Bill, Republicans will continue ignoring them. But if Hawaii sends Lingle to Congress, she might persuade her fellow Republicans to stop blocking it.

    Kenneth R. Conklin

    Kaneohe, Oahu”

    Someone mentioned Ken is part Native American Indian. If this person is a racist, must be by his other half. Talking about Hawaii people being racist. It wasn’t till the missionaries came and still Preach here. Ken must be from Big Foot tribe, hairy and puts his foot in mouth many times. PHD or his BS degree means that he is an educated racist. By the way Ken I know who I am and you cannot call me a racist.
    Keep preaching and I may learn to become one.

  8. Chicken Grease:

    LL better get back to basics, take a note from Dr. Laura Schlessinger (who I don’t agree with a lot, but, when she’s right, she is SO right!) who once said — it best, on her (admittedly, now defunct, at least on free, over-the-air) radio show — that a woman loses control of her body once she GETS pregnant. AND methinks the implication is that she must needs/becomes responsible for bringing that life into the world. Not a choice, not a thin, but a child and a human being.

    And, uh, if you want (or seem desperately to need) to use the “abortion is needed so we can avert overpopulation” . . . well, all a Grease has to say is that the “overpopulation excuse” presents itself as one of the biggest lies slanted upon the world. Carve out some time and observe and read:

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