ROGAN/SCHIFF: Candidates Debate Abortion
In the continued fight for California's 27th District House seat, Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) faced state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) in a radio debate Tuesday, trading their "sharpest exchanges" over the abortion issue, the Los Angeles Times reports. During the hour-long debate, featured on KPCC-FM 89.3, Schiff criticized Rogan for comments he made about abortion in the Washington insider publication, Roll Call. Rogan noted in the Roll Call piece that 12 million African Americans have undergone abortions, adding, "This has become a Holocaust on the African-American community ... The Ku Klux Klan couldn't do a better job of committing genocide on African Americans." Schiff said during the debate that the remark "demeans those who feel differently on the issue, but it's also a strong indication he will curtail in any and every way a woman's right to choose." Rogan retorted, "What a horribly gross distortion, Mr. Schiff. You ought to be ashamed of yourself." According to Rogan, he would not attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, but would oppose " partial-birth" abortion and support parental consent laws (McGreevy/Merl, Los Angeles Times, 10/11).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.