John McCain

Sen. McCain voted for the 2003 ban on partial-birth abortion, and praised the Supreme Court’s 207 decision upholding it, stating that the decision”ensures that an unacceptable and unjustifiable practice will not be carried out on our innocent children.”

Barack Obama

Sen. Obama received the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America on May 14, 2008. Obama co-sponsored the “Freedom of Choice Act,” which would allow taxpayer funding of abortions and, some fear, invalidate many state abortion laws. He has pledged to sign the Act if elected. In the Illinois Senate, Obama voted against the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which would have required that any fetus showing signs of life after being completely born outside the mother be treated as a person. He has also criticized the Gonzales v. Carhart decision.