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As Nina Shapiro reported this week, Dino Rossi has taken flack from Clint Didier and his supporters for not being anti-abortion enough . Rossi doesn't

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Dino Rossi Soft on Abortion? Hardly

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As Nina Shapiro reported this week, Dino Rossi has taken flack from Clint Didier and his supporters for not being anti-abortion enough. Rossi doesn't address the subject on the "Issues" page of his website. So to get a sense for how he might vote on the topic in D.C., we went once again to his record in the state legislature. Turns out Rossi once sponsored a bill that, if passed, could have effectively outlawed abortions in this state.

Bothell pastor Joe Fuiten came to Rossi's defense this week in light of the Didier camp's criticism. "Dino Rossi was always to be counted on in the pro-life concerns," he said, according to Lifenews.com. Turns out that's pretty accurate.

In 2000 Rossi and nine other senators proposed adding unborn children to the definition of a person in the state constitution. That would mean that fetuses couldn't be "deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process," as stated in that document. The bill died in committee.

Rossi wasn't a co-sponsor on a slate of other bills during his time in the legislature, all aimed at limiting the practice by preventing clinics providing abortions from getting a health care exemption from the state sales tax or requiring doctors performing abortions to describe the unborn fetus to a pregnant woman considering the procedure. (None came up for a vote.)

But in 1998 when a parental notification bill made it to the Senate floor, Rossi joined his fellow Republicans in voting it through. The bill never made it to a vote in the House.

The last time an abortion-specific bill passed Congress was the so-called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003. The Senate voted 64 - 34 in favor with both Washington Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, casting no votes. But the topic is frequently a negotiating tool used on other bills. In order to pass the health care reform bill earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed an executive order saying federal money may not be used for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or when a woman's life is in danger.

If his record is any indication, should Rossi make it to the Senate, he will probably be voting against the interests of NARAL.

 
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