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Debi Farr Flip Flops, Misleads Voters on a Woman's Right to Choose.

Debi Farr continues to tell voters she's a moderate despite voting the conservative Republican party line 99% of the time in 2005.

Twice in one week Debi Farr has made public statements that contradict her record on a woman's right to choose. While Debi Farr's voting record, endorsers and answers to a voter guide show that she is strictly anti-abortion - even in cases of rape and incest and risks to the woman's health- she continues to claim on the campaign trail that she is a moderate or even pro-choice. In fact, last week she made a statement regarding her support for emergency contraception that was simply false.

"It appears Debi Farr was against abortion in cases of rape and incest before she was for it," said Jon Isaacs, Executive Director of Future PAC, the campaign committee for the Oregon House Democrats. "Two years ago, when she faced a weaker opponent, she said she was against legalized abortion. Now that she faces a tough race, she supports a woman's right to choose."

"Voters are tired of politicians like Debi Farr who say one thing and then turn around and do another or who change their positions just to score political points," said Isaacs.

Debi Farr emerged from the 2005 session with a negative rating (-) from NARAL, the Oregon group that rates legislators’ records on protecting a woman's right to choose.

"The main issue here is Debi Farr's honesty when it comes to an important issue like abortion and women's health care," said Isaacs, "On issue after issue, Debi Farr campaigns like a moderate or even a Democrat, but turns around and votes like a conservative Republican. In 2005, Debi Farr had one of the most partisan voting records, voting the Republican Party line 99% of the time."

Debi Farr v. Debi Farr: Farr's record opposing a woman's right to choose in all cases.

Debi Farr's Campaign Statement regarding her position on emergency contraception on October 19, 2006 at the Active Bethel Citizens Candidates Forum:

"Well, um, that was an interesting letter to the editor because I didn’t sit on that committee. So I didn’t have a vote. So I didn’t have a vote on that committee, and that bill didn’t ever come to the House floor for a vote."

Debi Farr's record: During the 2005 session, Debi Farr voted with all 32 other Republicans against withdrawing SB 849 from committee on the House floor. SB 849 would have required pharmacies to make emergency contraceptives available over the counter.

Debi Farr's Campaign Statement regarding her position on abortion in cases of rape, incest or risk to the woman's life on October 23, 2006 on a recorded message left with voters:

"Patent lies should never be part of the political process. Hi, this is Debi Farr and my opponent has engaged in the worst type of campaigning. He and his supporters have stated that I would never support the woman's right to choose. Let me be perfectly clear; in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother, I will always support the woman's right to choose. Period. This is Debi Farr and I am asking for your support."

Debi Farr's Record: Debi Farr has been given a full endorsement by Oregon's most prominent anti-choice organization, Oregon Right to Life, which wants to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. On the Oregon Family Council’s 2004 questionnaire, Debi Farr's position on abortion is clearly stated in unequivocal terms: Pro-Life Opposed to Legalized Abortion.

Take a look for yourself. Download the 2004 Oregon Family Council Voter Guide: Download oregon_family_council_primary_election_tuesday_may_18_2004.htm

October 24, 2006
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