Only one candidate in the race to represent Evanston in the state house calls himself “pro-life.”

The other four say they favor a bill in the legislature called the Reproductive Health and Access Act that would ban all government interference in a woman’s right to make her own choices about her reproductive health.

The split became apparent when one supporter of the bill, Robyn Gabel, asked candidate Edmund Moran for his position on the issue.

The abortion issue has also been a factor in health care reform debate in Washington, where efforts like the Stupak amendment that would ban the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.

Moran, in an e-mail interview, said that, despite his pro-life views, he is not seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions.

That, he said, explains why, at a different point in Sunday’s debate, he said he would not favor a parental consent requirement before a minor could receive an abortion. Gabel said she opposes not only parental consent, but also a requirement that parents be notified before a teenager has an abortion.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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