Laura Bush tells Larry King she’s pro-choice. Oh, and she’s good with same sex marriage, too (though that’s less of a break — the Cheneys, of course, support it too), but it’s noteworthy because it places her to the left of both Barack Obama (“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” quoth the One) and probably Elena Kagan.
The First Lady’s abortion position was known within the Bush White House, but may come as a surprise to leaders of the pro-life movement. Every First Lady stretching back to Pat Nixon has taken the same position in favor of abortion on demand — despite the fact that opposition to legalized abortion has risen significantly since the early 1990s.
According to Gallup, 51% of Americans consider themselves “pro-life,” while 42% consider themselves “pro-choice”; 23% of Americans believe abortion should be completely illegal, 53% say abortion should be restricted but legal in certain cases, and only 22% support the current unrestricted status.
An interesting question for Mrs. Bush would’ve been whether she supports taxpayer funding of abortion, given its recent prominence within the health care debate. But this was Larry King.
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