McCain: Pro-life. Not Just Recently. Never Wavering.
A mailer from the McCain campaign dated January 2, 2008. The big print bills John McCain as "Pro-Life."
That headline's good, clear copywriting, and basically accurate.
McCain is on the record for embryonic stem cell research, which some extremists might consider a strike against his pro-life cred. McCain also had a very public dustup with the National Right to Life Committee a while back, but that was over those pesky campaign finance laws he used to care about, not reproductive rights.
As Nancy Keenan of NARAL told NPR earlier this year, McCain's record on reproductive choice is consistently poor:
"He voted against family planning, he voted against the freedom of access to clinic entrances — that was about violence against women in clinics," Keenan says, adding, "He voted against funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs, and making sure that abstinence only was medically accurate. This is very, very extreme." [NPR]
McCain has voted on abortion and reproductive rights 119 times since 1983 and sided against choice 115 times, according to this NARAL fact sheet.
The tagline protests a little too much, though: "Not just recently. Always. Unwavering." (Click on image to enlarge.)