Americans United for Life has written an open letter to CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, who is moderating tonight’s debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. AUL is calling on Schieffer to address an important topic ignored in both previous debates: abortion.
To that end, AUL has submitted excellent questions for Schieffer’s consideration:

While each candidate’s position on Roe v. Wade is well known, it remains unknown what restrictions on abortion each candidate would support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing abortion. And that is the question I encourage you to ask: What restrictions on abortion would you support in order to achieve the widely agreed upon goal of reducing the number of abortions in our country?
Possible follow up questions include:

  • A recent study by Dr. Michael New (University of Alabama) found that parental involvement laws reduce abortion by 13-31%. Do you support the right of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters when abortion is being considered?
  • Do you support taxpayer funding for elective abortions?
  • Do you support laws that mandate abortion clinics meet minimum health and safety standards commonly applied to other types of medical practices?
  • Do you support laws requiring abortions be performed by licensed physicians?
  • What questions would you ask?
    I would ask:

  • Do you support laws allowing a doctor who has aborted a baby to be the only practitioner assessing that baby for viability if s/he survives?
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