Forecaster Forum: Candidate spells out his position on abortion

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Marian McCue discussed my candidacy in Maine’s 1st Congressional District in her Capitol Notebook column last week. I would like to put a finer point on an issue that represents one of my deeply held religious beliefs.

Life begins at birth. I am pro live with two exceptions: incest and rape. My religion tells me that abortions are wrong. My conscience tells me it is reasonable to consider cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk. I know by not being a purist pro-lifer my God will judge me one day and I will beg his forgiveness.

Even the legal side of abortion is a very complex issue that was decided by nine unelected citizens in black robes, unlike the United Kingdom, where it got a national vote.

A few things are crystal clear to me: abortion should never be used as birth control, partial-birth abortion is morally indefensible, and the selling of baby parts is beyond reprehensible. But pathologically progressive liberals have systematically eroded away society’s collective moral repugnance associated with reducing human life to a commodity.

In my clinical practice I have worked with women who have struggled with their decision even decades after the fact, and suffered from anxiety and depression associated with the remorse they carried.

For me there is a continuum of concern beginning with abortion as a form of birth control, to sex selection, to selling baby body parts, and ending with partial-birth abortion being the most disturbing. Recently there was a bill before Congress that would have prohibited medical professionals from killing a baby following a botched abortion that I would have supported. I would add prohibiting abortions based on the sex of the baby, a practice that is considered “ethically controversial” by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Liberals are systematically eroding our liberties and the moral foundation our nation was built on. The path they have taken us on is ill-conceived, short-sighted, morally reprehensible, and does not represent the collective morality of the good people of Maine. The people of the 1st Congressional District love and protect children far more than progressive liberals would have us believe.

Mark Holbrook of Brunswick has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a candidate for the Republican nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

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  • EABeem

    Liberals eroding our liberties? This from a man who wants to limit a woman’s freedom to choose when she gives birth?

    • farmertom2

      Lololol… Yeah, I saw that too.

    • jack bauer

      Based on your long history of hateful remarks against those who disagree with you Beem, you have little standing when it comes to discussing liberty.

      • EABeem

        Disagreeing with someone is not the same as trying to take away someone’s freedom or saying they don’t have the right to their opinion. Fortunately, neither Holbrook nor Smith stand a snowball’s chance in the First District.

  • Chew H Bird

    Wow. Decisions such as but not limited to abortion need to be done in private between a woman and her doctor. There is no appropriate government mandate except for allowing such decisions to be made by a woman and her doctor. Being a conservative is one thing. Limiting options between a woman and her physician is the opposite of individual freedom. Limiting a woman’s options regarding what is at best a heartbreaking decision is ethically and morally none of anyone’s business, except for the woman and her doctor.

    To not allow a woman freedom of choice goes against the very concept of being a conservative and is an affront to all Americans.

  • David Craig

    Holbrook will be a footnote in the GOP primary, much as Ande Smith will be a footnote in the general election. So as reprehensible as Holbrook’s positions are, they are practically irrelevant.

  • Scott Harriman


    Life begins at birth. I am pro live

    [sic] with two exceptions: incest and rape. My religion tells me that abortions are wrong. My conscience tells me it is reasonable to consider cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk. I know by not being a purist pro-lifer my God will judge me one day and I will beg his forgiveness.

    Such a confusing statement as this is considered “spell[ing] out his position”? I still can’t tell what that position is.

    Isn’t his idea that “life begins at birth”, not conception, one of the main arguments of pro-choice advocates? Also, why does the number of exceptions start at two and then grow to three?

    • farmertom2

      Math, math and science, not the long suits of those in the GOP these days…

  • farmertom2

    And yo, Mark– the nation wasn’t built on a bunch of supposed moral principles save in the dignity of man, and the right to self determination– something the GOP seems to be against these days. Most of the Founding Fathers were not Christian, indeed some were not even deists. The nation wasn’t founded on Christian principles either Judeo or any other kind. Read some real history. Learn about the origins of your nation. No kings, no official religion. A BIG wall between religion and state. A nation of laws. We’ve been trying to make it better for more than 200 years, save the GOP, which has been trying to walk back progress (Make America Great Again– let’s go back to Jim Crow maybe? Or disenfrnchisement of women? How about recriminalizing birth control?) since Nixon.

  • jack bauer

    Holbrook’s “clarification” accomplishes one thing: it highlights his conflicting thoughts on an important subject and that he really belongs in the dem party instead.

  • commonsense0111

    As someone who feels very strongly about the fact that a man has absolutely no right to even consider that they know what is best for a woman, her body and her life choices, I honestly can’t even get worked up about this because Holbrook’s piece is so poorly written. Sounds more like a crazy person’s rant after too many beers, than someone who has actually put thought, research and consideration into a topic that they are going to “base their campaign off of”. Yikes.

  • Lucy Ball

    I won’t touch the subject or the conversation here……many years ago do you remember the hot tea and tuna fish (right out of the can) for lunch?

  • Mark Holbrook

    FYI this the paragraph that I wrote and this is what it said when it left my desk. “I don’t like labels but they seem inevitable in politics. Life begins at conception. I am Pro Life with two exceptions, incest and rape. My religion tells me that abortions are wrong. My conscience tells me it is reasonable to consider cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk. I know by not being a purist Pro Lifer my God will judge me one day and I will beg his forgiveness.”