FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Steve Beshear are clear opposites on the hot-button issue of abortion.
Fletcher, an ordained Baptist minister and physician, opposes
it. Beshear, Fletcher's November 6th general election opponent,
Recent polls have shown Fletcher trailing Beshear. Fletcher, a
Republican, is heralding his stance as a way to get conservative
Christians to the polls on Election Day.
Eastern Kentucky University political scientist Kendra Stewart
says abortion is an important topic to some voters. Stewart says
some voters still vote only on that issue.
Fletcher says abortions should be illegal except in cases of
rape or incest, or if the pregnancy jeopardizes the mother's life.
Fletcher signed a fetal homicide into law.
Beshear opposes abortions after the first trimester and says
unwanted pregnancies and abortions are tragedies. He says abortion
decisions should be left to families and not the government, but as
governor he'll try to limit and reduce their frequency in Kentucky.
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