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October 24, 2012


In response to my opponent, Frank Ierulli's, recent campaign mailing for Peoria County State's Attorney and this writer's blog surrounding my position on Roe vs. Wade and abortion, I provide the following:

As Peoria County State's Attorney, I am duty-bound to follow the law. The law on abortion is currently outlined in the legal decision of Roe vs. Wade. I took an oath to uphold the law and must follow that decision and law. This cannot be a personal choice. Elaine Hopkins says this makes me pro-choice.

In my personal life, I have a right to my own beliefs. I am pro-life.

Finally, I do believe the election of the state's attorney should not be about Roe vs. Wade but rather solving our crime problem.

I stand by my reporting on this.
I hope Brady never seeks a higher office.

I take pro-choice to mean the government should not be mandating what women do with their bodies.

Abortion rights are in jeopardy due to politicians that lack brains to think clearly and the courage to stand up to the fanatics whose beliefs are based on superstition or a desire to control women. Beware!

I agree that persons holding public office have the right to their own opinion and to make choices based on their religious convictions in their OWN life. What they don't have the right to do is legislate or make decisions based on religious convictions that force the rest of us to conform to their belief system. I stand by pro-choice candidates and support organizations like Planned Parenthood who work to prevent unwanted pregnancy by educating based on science not fairy tales. With more comprehensive sex education and subsequent decrease in unwanted pregnancy the need for abortion decreases. Thats a good thing.

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