Abortion, a perennial issue in American politics, remains resonant for voters and candidates this election year. Read the stances of the presidential candidates below. The views of the vice presidential candidates are shown where available.
Opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v Wade. Disagreed with Supreme Court ruling to uphold the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act." Did not cast a vote on Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions amendment in 2007. Watch Obama speak about abortion
Supports the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade that protects a woman's right to choose. Supports the ban on partial-birth abortion. Opposes public funding for abortions.
Voted for the Prohibit Partial Birth Abortion bill in 2003 and "yes" for Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions amendment in 2007. Believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned. Supports Supreme Court ruling upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. Watch McCain speak about abortion
Opposes abortion in all cases including rape and incest, except when a mother's life is in danger. Says she believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned and the decision given to the states.
Obama and McCain: Key Senate Votes from 2005 through 2008
September 29, 2006 -- The U.S. Senate refuses to limit debate -- by a vote of 57 to 42 -- on a motion to concur with U.S. House changes to a Senate bill that would have made it a federal crime to take a minor across state lines for an abortion in order to circumvent state parental notification and consent laws.
(Sources: CQ Weekly; U.S. Senate Legislation Database)