Select Quayle Topics: Women's Issues
My position is that I understand from a medical situation, immediately
after a rape is reported, that a woman normally, in fact, can go to the
hospital and have a D and C. At that time... that is before the forming
of a life. That is not anything to do with abortion.
-- Senator Dan Quayle explaining that Dilatation
and Curettage, a form of abortion which occurs
after fertilization, is not really abortion.
(the Washington post, 11/03/88)
You're a very strong woman... Though this would be a traumatic experience
that you would never forget, I think that you would be very successful in
-- Senator Dan Quayle telling an 11-year-old girl
why he would want her to have the baby if she were raped by
her father, 10/18/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)
I hope I never have to deal with it. But obviously I would counsel her
and talk to her and support her on whatever decision she made.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle responding to Larry
King's question of how he would react if his 13-year-old
daughter chose to have an abortion. (CNN, July 22, 1992)
Marilyn Quayle later remarked that her daughter would
"take the child to term."
[Abortion] is not an issue with the American people. It is a figment
of your imagination if you think that this is an issue that is talked
about a lot.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle to reporters while flying back
to Washington on September 23.
[From the Associated Press 9/24/92]
Most women do not want to be liberated from their essential natures as women.
-- Vice-President Dan Quayle, while campaigning in
Kansas City, MO, 9/2/92
(reported in the NY times, 9/3/92)
Speaking as a man, it's not a woman's issue. Us men are tired
of losing our women.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle talking about breast cancer
We're in Florida.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle explaining why he
had just purchased four peaches (and no citrus
fruits -- for which Florida is famous) at a Publix
supermarket in Oakland Park, Florida. Georgia (which
IS famous for peaches) did not gain from the transaction,
however; the peaches were from Chile. (The Sunstenial)