In brief chats Saturday with Times of San Diego, healthcare board candidate Maxson and Sabol also reflected the nuances of the abortion debate.
Maxson resisted taking a stand on whether state or national law should ban or affirm the right to an abortion, saying it shouldn’t be a legislative matter. It’s a private decision — a “discussion between a doctor and a woman and a baby.”
Further, she said that medical advancements would eventually render abortion a “non-issue,” because of “effective birth control combined with being able to have babies surviving earlier and earlier.”
When asked if there were any scenario where a woman and a doctor agreed that it’s necessary to have an abortion and nobody would be punished, she said: “Absolutely, yes.”
Sabol, who is challenging a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in Weber, was absolute in his anti-abortion stance.
He wouldn’t allow for an exception for rape or incest.
“It sounds tragic,” he said of such pregnancies. “It’s horrible. … but there’s still life in that womb.”
Would he support punishing the mother as well as the abortion provider if such a procedure were banned?
“That’s a good question — I haven’t thought of before,” Sabol began. “But I don’t think I would agree with penalizing the mother. … We need to promote a culture of life, not just ban abortion. We can promote a culture of life.”
But he doesn’t want a national law banning abortion, agreeing with the high court that it should be left to the states.
Sabol said he was raised a Roman Catholic but fell away from organized religion.
“I’m a firm believer in God, Christian values,” he said. “I’m still a God-fearing man.”