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Gov. Christie tells Right to Life demonstrators he's pro-life

christie101210_optDemocratic leaders speak out for pro-choice on 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Amid the numbing cold, Gov. Chris Christie Monday warmed the hearts of hundreds of New Jersey Right to Life demonstrators who gathered in front of the Statehouse in Trenton to mark the 38th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The governor told the crowd he is also pro-life and anti-abortion. "Every life is precious and a gift from God," he declared, according to NJ.com.

Pro-choice advocates also recognized the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

Christie told the crowd he has not discussed changes in policy or altering the judicial system to try to undo standing laws that allow abortions. One of his few moves related to his pro-life stance was to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, which funds abortion services.

"What I encourage all of you to do is what I will continue to do, which is to speak calmly and clearly and forthrightly for the idea that this is an issue whose time has come," the governor said, according to NJ.com reports.

Christie said he was not always anti-abortion but he changed his outlook when his wife Mary Pat became pregnant with their daughter Sarah, who is now 14.

"It was at that moment that it became clear to me that being on the sidelines on that issues was not something that I could live with," the governor said. "That child is a life which deserves protection."

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) and Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), the Legislature's highest ranking women, marked the anniversary by calling for a renewed climate of civility that respects an individual's personal choices while protecting a woman's fundamental right to make decisions over her own body.

"What Roe v Wade did for women was significant in that it elevated many from second class citizenry by giving them the power to make decisions over their own body when they might have been forced into a situation against their own will or choosing," Oliver said. "Anyone that tries to paint Roe v Wade as a decision that imposes one person's view on another is missing the point. Ultimately, this decision respected varying ideological opinions by granting every woman the freedom to make decisions based on their own personal beliefs."

Buono added, "For millions of women across New Jersey, today is a reminder that our laws protect their fundamental right to privacy and freedom to choose based on their own conscience. Our laws protect the rights of those who gather to voice their opposition to abortion just as much as they protect a woman's right to choose. For every person who calls himself ‘pro-life' and calls for all abortion to be illegal is another person who considers herself ‘pro-life' but recognizes that moniker reflects a personal choice, not a political extreme."

Oliver and Buono criticized the governor for what they described as using his position to promote the pro-life position.

"There is nothing objectionable to the governor's personal stance against abortion, but his use of his office to promote an anti-choice agenda is troubling," Buono said. "By aligning himself with the far-right in this debate, he is leaving millions of New Jersey women by the wayside. Our nation is not too far removed from an era when a woman's only choice was no choice. We cannot drag the health and safety of countless women back into the shadows."

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) in his role as state Democratic chairman, said, "The 38th anniversary of this landmark Supreme Court decision gives us the opportunity to remember that the court respected an individual's personal choices, while protecting a woman's fundamental right to make decisions over her own body," Wisniewski said. "During the campaign, the governor danced around his support for a woman's right to make decisions about her body, but after Christie's attendance at today's rally, there can be no question left about where he stands."

 
Comments (6)
6 Tuesday, 25 January 2011 11:22
James Edward
There are extreme debates of morality between the two parties of “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” involving the moral concept of abortion. But does anyone stop and think of what those labels actually imply?



A common “pro-choice” saying used in a lot of arguments in defending the rite of abortion is “My body, my rite”. This phrase implies that every individual has a right to make their own decisions involving their own bodies. Who could argue that? We have free will and a right to choose for ourselves regarding our own personal lives. So morality of said “rights” is not the issue. The issue is: What is “your own”? I will be the first to say that I believe “my body, my right” to its full meaning and extreme, and I am proud to say so. It is my body. I, and I alone, have the right to it more so than anyone else. No one else can make those decisions for me. Those who are “pro-choice” are probably inspired by this and let me tell you, I too am “pro-choice” because of these reasons. But we are not on the same page, believe me. If you truly believe in “my body, my right” you are (rightfully) pro-choice, but also, you are anti-abortion. If you believe that you have a right to choice and to make decisions over your own body and that no one else can, you are anti-abortion. Because for as long as you have been you and you have had your own body, you believe no one has a rite over your own body, especially to take your life and kill your body. Only you have that right. No one has a right to destroy (kill) your own body for as long as it has been YOUR body. (Whether you are 6’2”, 4’6”, 2’5” or even just 6” tall). For as long as your body has existed it has been yours and you have had rite over it more so than anyone else, even your mother. Tell me, does my mother (God Bless her awesomeness) have a right to walk into my workplace and kill me? Did she have that right when I was 18? How about 12? No? What about 3? No? Then how about 1? Still no? Wow your smart. What about 4 months old? Now you’re catching on. It does not matter how long my body has existed or how small it is, it has always been mine. And no one else, even my mother, has rite over my body, even if my body is in hers.



So yes, I am a full believer in “My body, my right” and always will be. This makes me “pro-choice” and proud to be. It also makes me “pro-life” and anti-abortion. I think those who consider themselves to be “pro-choice” and believe the killing of someone else’s body to be their right need to get a new label. Because anyone who is really “pro-choice” would be completely against the idea of abortion being a “right”. I am pro-life and that makes me pro-choice. For all those fallowing the lie under the label “pro-choice”, you are a fool for doing so. So save yourself some dignity and choose a label that actually makes sense to fall under. Like murderers, dictators, or slave gods to name a few….

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5 Tuesday, 25 January 2011 11:15
Phoebe
Thank you very much to this last blogger who has brought the real truth out. This article is all sooo twisted and so deceptive!! Govenor Christie never said those things to the crowd. I was there. The writer (Tom Hester Sr.) has stated his own opiniion and actually put words into Christie's mouth. Christie never told the crowd what this writer says he did. It is so sad when we can't even read a news article and not know whether it is the truth or not.
And to respond to Oliver and Buono.....
Neither a woman or anyone has the right to kill another human being. Aren't you glad your mother didn't decide to kill you?
4 Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:55
Marie Tasy
First of all, this reporter got it wrong. Governor Christie never "told the crowd he has not discussed changes in policy or altering the judicial system to try to undo standing laws that allow abortions." If this is the reporter's interpretation, then he needs to state that instead of saying Governor Christie told the crowd something he never did. As an organizer of the rally, I can attest to this.

Second, to address comments made by Speaker Oliver and Senator Buono, there are millions of women who disagree with their opinion.
What Roe v. Wade did for women is hurt and degrade them because it said that women could not have compete equality without abortion. How sad. This is a decision that betrays the closest loving bond in human nature - that which entrusts a mother the life of her helpless child. There are millions of women (and men) today who have been wounded by the empty rhetoric of Roe v. Wade and the lie called "choice."

As far as dragging women into the shadows, this is what Roe v. Wade has done for women:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/19/2011-01-19_philadelphia_abortion_doctor_kermit_gosnell_charged_with_murdering_7_infants_wit.html
3 Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:30
GrammaT
Christie can claim he's Pro-Life til the moon turns to green cheese. He's really Pro-Birth - after birth, his plan includes abject poverty, lousy education, no health care, no housing, no pension, no worker protections, and nothing that remotely resembles a decent life. Ultimately, his Pro-Birth stance includes killing them via the death penalty. He may believe that life begins at conception but his actions prove that pro-life ends at birth.
2 Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:16
karenrz
our votes if he decides to run for President. He should keep his personal feelings as that - personal. He should do as JFK did and keep his religion out of government.
1 Monday, 24 January 2011 18:21
anonymous
Learn the racist and eugenics history of abortion in the documentary: Maafa21 clip is available here http://www.maafa21.com

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