ALEXANDRIA, VA, December 10, 2003 ( – Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and current Democratic presidential hopeful, is the only physician candidate in the race. Dean’s strong support for abortion extends to the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. On November 2, 2003, President George W. Bush signed a ban of the grisly procedure that was subsequently blocked by three federal judges. That same day, Dean voiced his opposition to the ban, calling it a “dark day for American women.”  Following his medical internship, Dean was employed as an obstetrician/gynecologist with the Vermont chapter of Planned Parenthood, the top abortion provider in America. In a July interview on a Boston television station, Dean shifted focus. “I did not perform abortions,” he intoned. “I’m a medical doctor.”  Read CNSNews on the issue at: