Can We Please Have A Pro-Choice Secretary of State?

There are rumors that Richard Lugar and Chuck Hagel are seriously
being considered for the Secretary of State gig, and Sam Stein reports
that Lugar has the inside track (although Lugar has said he’s not interested).

One of the biggest challenges the new Secretary of State will face
is dealing with whatever replaces the Kyoto agreement.  Hagel has a 9%
2008 rating from the League of Conservation Voters.  Lugar scores 18%. 
(PDF) Are they really the best people for the job?

Further, the Bush Administration has been murderous in its policies
regarding women’s health, choice and reproductive rights around the
world.  Lugar and Hagel are both rabidly anti-choice.  

Women turned out big in this election — unmarried women in
particular voted 70-29 for Obama.  I don’t imagine Dick Lugar, Chuck
Hagel and Larry Summers were exactly what they had in mind when they turned up at the voting booth.

Susan Rice and John Kerry are also in the mix, and the decision has
evidently not yet been made.  If we really are intent on cleaning up
our image around the world, please let’s send someone who represents
our best and brightest in such a critical post.  Let’s not have some
Republican relic who sends the wrong message about women’s rights.

This post first appeared on firedoglake.

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    There seems to be a delicate balance in the term “abortion rights.” There are those like me who support women’s rights, but who have serious doubts about unfettered abortion. I especially pause at the concept of late term abortions. There is room for regulating abortion, without sacrificing the health of the prospective mother. That being said, a candidate for Secretary of State should not have to pass the test of favoring abortion on demand for all women at all times. The candidate for Secretary of State should be able to run the office and represent Americas interests abroad.