Skip to comments.John Kerry Attempts to Cover Up Pro-Abortion Position in Iowa Interview
Posted on 07/05/2004 10:38:19 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
Dubuque, IA (LifeNews.com) -- In an interview with reporters over the weekend, John Kerry attempted to cover up his pro-abortion position and minimize the damage it causes with voters in the Midwest, who are more likely to be pro-life.
While campaigning with Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a possible running mate, Kerry told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception."
The surprising remarks don't match Kerry's record and consistent rhetoric in favor of abortion.
As a member of the Senate, Kerry has compiled only a 2% pro-life voting record since 1984, according to the National Right to Life Committee. Kerry has voted against every piece of pro-life legislation in the Senate recently, including the partial-birth abortion ban, and Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and he supported a measure endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision that struck down laws banning abortions.
The comments came as a surprise also to Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, who told the Washington Post she couldn't recall Kerry having discussed when life begins at any point in the campaign.
"He's pro-choice and believes that abortion should be safe, legal and rare," Cutter added.
At the same time Kerry tried to minimize his pro-abortion views, he also said he couldn't legislate his alleged position against abortion.
"I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist," he continued in the interview with the Iowa newspaper. "We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."
A spokesman for the Bush campaign pointed to the contradiction in Kerry's remarks and the disparity between his Iowa interview and numerous previous statements backing abortion.
"John Kerry's ridiculous claim to hold conservative values and his willingness to change his beliefs to fit his audience betrays a startling lack of conviction on important issues like abortion that will make it difficult for voters to give him their trust," Steve Schmidt told the Post.
Kerry stopped at a Catholic church for worship during his Iowa campaign stop and, afterwards, many parishioners asked Kerry about his pro-abortion views, in particular his vote against partial-birth abortion.
Kerry told the churchgoers that he would have supported the ban had it contained a health exception. However, many leading doctors and medical groups say that a health exception is not needed and that such abortions are normally performed on healthy mothers and healthy babies.
Should he be selected as the nominee for Vice President, Governor Vilsack won't help Kerry make inroads with pro-life voters.
Vilsack upset the pro-life community when he voted legislation that would have required abortion businesses to provide women with factual information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to performing one.
Women who regret their abortions frequently say that abortion practitioners did not provide them adequate information beforehand that may have prompted them to change their mind about the abortion.
If anyone needed further evidence that this guy is a fraud....
or something like that...
What he really means is that there is a separation between Kerry and morality.
Therefore I have been advocating the murder of innocent unborn human beings for the past 20 years !!!!
Seems like he speaks a different languange to Catholics in Dubuque.
Seems like he speaks a different language to Catholics in Dubuque.
He has no problem "legislaying" an un-catholic and un-godly belief on abortion.
This is a pretty clever ploy by Kerry. He'll hold the Catholic vote, and shun all personal responsibility through his "separation of church and state" stance, making Bush look like a fanatic.
Clever idea except it won't work. Will majorly backfire in multiple directions.
In an interview with reporters over the weekend, John Kerry attempted to cover up his pro-abortion position and minimize the damage it causes with voters in the Midwest, who are more likely to be pro-life.
There's the solution! Force Kerry to answer questions . Why doesn't he hold press conferences/more one-on-one interviews? Is there any evidence that the press is asking for them? He needs to be put on the record, without coaching, without handlers, without campaign staff cleaning up the mess he leaves when he opens his mouth.
I hope you're right.
How can anyone say that life begins at conception but they want abortion to remain SAFE, legal and rare?
SAFE? How can you kill a living baby safely?
My head is spinning. One thing though, it might just tick off his pro choice supporters.
No, his obfuscatory comments re: abortion and guns and a strong military are intended to sway swing voters who have a short attention span. The leftists know these statements are just game-playing and don't even need to be accompanied by a sly wink.
Being against murder is an article of faith, that can't be imposed on those of other faiths? More typical horsesh*t from demonicRats.
So, let me get this straight: Kerry personally believes life begins at conception but he supports passionately what one can only term infanticide given his personal conviction.
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