Senator Richard Blumenthal was our guest this weekend on Face the State, and standard operating procedure for the broadcast means we finalize questions for the guests right before the taping. Obviously, we want to ask about any issue that happens to be in the news at that moment. Such was the case on Thursday, when the House of Representatives was taking up a controversial proposal by Republicans to ban gender selective abortions.
The bill, which died after the Blumenthal interview, would have made it illegal for a woman to terminate a pregnancy based on the gender of the baby she was carrying. Here is an excerpt of the conversation I had with Senator Blumenthal about it:
DH: If a pregnant woman with two daughters found out she was having another girl and wanted an abortion based on the gender, is that ok?
RB: Decisions about reproductive rights are private and should be private. The assault on planned parenthood has been about clinics, that overwhelmingly, more than 90 percent of the work they do is screening for disease like cancer.
DH: Do you think it is unethical to get an abortion based on gender?
RB: I believe abortion should be safe legal and rare, and I am not going to tell a woman what to do how to exercise her right…my view is Dennis, I may disapprove of that kind of measure, but it should not be imposed by a law.
I also asked Blumenthal about his recent solidarity with striking workers at the Coca-Cola plant in East Hartford, New York City’s proposal to ban certain sugary drinks, and what he thinks about convicted felon Ernie Newton running for his old state senate seat.
Blumenthal, the state’s most popular Democrat, could deal a big blow to Newton’s comeback by endorsing incumbent State Senator Ed Gomes.
We also talked about Blumenthal’s work for veterans.
You can watch the entire interview that aired on Face the State right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7359681