CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The national right-to-life movement based in SW Ohio isn't overjoyed. As the 41st GOP vote in the Senate, Brown won't be in the Republican ranks that seek to repeal Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that struck down state laws prohibiting abortions in the United States. He made his position clear on his Senate campaign issues page. Brown called abortion a decision that "should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor." He is out of step with evangelical and conservative GOP orthodoxy. In time, Brown may come to be seen as the Joe Lieberman of the Republicans.
That link will probably expire soon. But this is what appears on Brown for Senate in January 2010:
"While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America. I believe government has the responsibility to regulate in this area and I support parental consent and notification requirements and I oppose partial birth abortion. I also believe there are people of good will on both sides of the issue and we ought to work together to support and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion."