Joe Kyrillos on Abortion


Pro-life in my affairs; pro-choice for society

When the debate turned to abortion, Kyrillos drew a distinction between his private and public lives. "I'm not exactly sure when exactly life begins. I know for me, I have a pro-life thought process," he said in response to a question asking when he believed life first begins during pregnancy. "I'm pro-life in terms of how I conduct my own affairs," he said, adding, "I'm pro-choice for society at large."

"I have now been in three debates, and I've heard three different answers" from Kyrillos about abortion, said Menendez, who added he is pro-choice. "What I don't believe women in this state can afford is someone who goes to the Senate and is multiple-choice," he said.

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 14, 2012

Supports parental notifications and waiting periods

The Menendez campaign has accused Kyrillos of changing his position on abortion rights--he says he supports them but marked "pro life" on a questionnaire last year--and wanting to overturn popular portions of the Affordable Care Act.

The campaign has pressed for women's votes, noting that Mr. Kyrillos declined to vote on a resolution supporting an equal-pay act.

Mr. Kyrillos, more velveteen and affable, does not come off as an extremist. He said that he was unfamiliar with the questionnaire, but that he supported parental notifications and waiting periods for abortions--positions, he said, most voters also support.

At the debate on Thursday, Kyrillos declined to answer when asked if he would support a Supreme Court nominee who would most likely vote to overturn the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage. He said only that he would give a fair hearing to a president's nominees.

Source: Associated Press on 2012 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 5, 2012

Pro-life except rape & incest

Q: Do you support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

A: Pro-life.

Q: Should abortion be legal after the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

A: Yes.

Q: Should parental notification be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Should parental consent be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: Yes. Kyrillos adds, "Abortion should not be legal in the third trimester."

Source: Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2011

No funding for stem cell research, embryonic or not

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Source: Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2011

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