For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Woon
press [at] dpo [dot] org
May 9, 2018
UPDATE: Carpenter doubles down on anti-choice stance; Buehler and Wooldridge silent
PORTLAND — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Sam Carpenter doubled down on his anti-choice position on Tuesday, making clear he stands firmly against a woman's right to choose.
Carpenter's statement came after the Democratic Party of Oregon asked the three GOP frontrunners to respond to the news that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the strictest abortion law in the nation, and whether they would sign such a bill if it landed on their desk. Carpenter responded with a tweet: "It's a good start."
"Throughout his campaign, Sam Carpenter has had no hesitation about repeatedly and vocally speaking out about his opposition to a woman's right to choose," said Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. "But what's especially troubling about his response is the insinuation that the bill recently signed in Iowa — the strictest abortion law in the nation — doesn't go far enough."
Meanwhile, neither Knute Buehler nor Greg Wooldridge has responded with their positions as of this writing.
"The silence from the other GOP candidates is deafening," said Atkins. "Oregonians deserve to know where candidates for the state's highest office stand on a woman's right to choose."