Dino Rossi in Vancouver, WA, on Friday. Hell answer questions for conservative talk radio, but he wont answer this question about abortion.
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  • Dino Rossi in Vancouver, WA, on Friday. He'll answer questions for conservative talk radio, but he won't answer this question about abortion.


I'm not the only one who's frustrated by Dino Rossi's lack of answers on important issues like abortion. As the Tacoma News Tribune has put it:

Dino Rossi says he won't back down from his position on abortion, but he won't say exactly what that position is.

The answer Rossi has been giving is that he believes "every soul has a value," which of courses dodges all of the most important details of the abortion debate without even flatly declaring that he's pro-life.

Here's the question I wish I'd had an opportunity to ask at Rossi's short press conference on Friday.

You say that every soul has a value, but when we're speaking about a pregnant woman many people would argue that we're really talking about two souls.

So what's your position when those two "souls" come into conflict—cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother?

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As it stands right now, Rossi's position could easily be interpreted to mean that, because he wants to protect the value of all souls, he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother. Which would put him at the extreme fringe of even the Republican party.

I've put this question to Rossi's spokesperson and haven't heard back yet, so I'd like to toss it out there to anyone who may have a chance to ask Rossi a question in the near future. "Every soul has a value" is a nice line, but it doesn't clearly answer the question of where Rossi would stand on abortion as a senator.