GOP's Gomez: I'd oppose abortion waiting period

June 6, 2013, 5:15 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is trying to clarify a comment he made during his debate with Democrat Edward Markey.

Asked Wednesday if he could support a law requiring a woman to wait 24 hours before having an abortion, Gomez that such a requirement "is not asking a lot."

On Thursday, Gomez said if the question of mandating 24-hour waiting periods came up in the Senate, he would vote against it.

Abortion rights activists seized on the comment.

They also pointed to a comment by Gomez during the debate when he said he wouldn't automatically rule out a candidate for the Supreme Court based solely on their opposition to abortion.

Markey said he opposes abortion waiting periods and would only vote for a Supreme Court nominee who favors abortion rights.

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