Eldridge Says Keep Roe v. Wade, But "Personally" Opposed To Abortion

Sep 10, 2015

Women take part in a 1977 demonstration in New York City demanding safe and legal abortions for all women.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge supports the right to an abortion as affirmed by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade. A statement made to KUAR comes just one day after Eldridge said he was “personally” opposed to abortion, with some exceptions.

“Roe v Wade has been law for more than 40 years and I don’t think it should be overturned. I have supported restrictions that Congress has imposed over the years, including the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding of abortions. And I will continue to support restrictions that keep abortions exceedingly rare while recognizing exceptions for victims of rape, incest and where the life and health of the mother is at risk.”

Eldridge, a former U.S. Attorney, is the first candidate to file in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Republican incumbent John Boozman both personally opposes abortion and as an elected official wants access to the procedure, granted by Roe v. Wade, ended.