What is Vernon Parker’s Position on Abortion? Depends on Who’s Asking
October 31, 2012
Tea Party Candidate Desperately Calls Democrats To Pledge Opposite of What He Told Conservative Pro-Life Group
Phoenix, AZ — He may not be quite radioactive yet, but Vernon Parker is spinning like a centrifuge. Yesterday, a petrified Parker was so nervous that people had learned of his promise to the pro-life Center for Arizona Policy to “prohibit abortion except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother,” that he called every Democrat he could find — including Arizona’s Democratic Senate leader David Schapira — to switch his position.
Parker’s recorded phone call promised that he has always supported an exception to banning abortion, in the case of rape or incest. He also took this stance on a radio interview with Jim Sharpe. Parker complained to Sharpe about the negative TV ads against him, “I’ve been clubbed across the head like a baby seal… Look, I’ve always been pro-life but Kyrsten Sinema now has a brand new commercial saying that Vernon Parker would not allow abortions in cases of rape and incest, and that is so false. If you go to my website VernonParker.com and you will see, I’ve always had the same position that, yes, I am pro-life, but I’ve always had the exceptions, rape, incest life of the mother.”
As usual, Parker is lying. Here is a screen shot of his Congressional campaign website in 2010. It makes no mention of an exception in cases of rape or incest.
Moreover, earlier THIS YEAR, Parker signed his name to this survey from the ultra-conservative Center for Arizona Policy. Asked if he would support or oppose “prohibiting abortion except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother,” Parker circled SUPPORT and signed his name to the survey. Unlike other candidates, Parker did not write in that he supported exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
So much for Vernon Parker’s false claim that he “always” has those exceptions.
“Vernon Parker doesn’t respect the people of Arizona enough to tell them the truth about his beliefs, even on an issue as serious as this one,” said Rodd McLeod, campaign manager for Kyrsten Sinema. “When Parker speaks to pro-life groups, he tells them what they want to hear. When he calls moderates, he changes his tune. Words don’t have any real meaning for Vernon Parker, except as tools to help him get back on the taxpayers’ payroll. It’s been rough going for Parker since they took away his million-dollar government contract for submitting false paperwork. He will now say just about anything if it gets him another fat paycheck from the taxpayers.”