Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

November 4, 2005

Jimmy Carter on Abortion

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:43 pm

I quote this story with a newfound respect for our former president (newfound?) ability to buck the trend in his own part:

Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday condemned all abortions and chastised his party for its intolerance of candidates and nominees who oppose abortion.

“I never have felt that any abortion should be committed — I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors,” he told reporters over breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, while across town Senate Democrats deliberated whether to filibuster the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. because he may share President Bush and Mr. Carter’s abhorrence of abortion.

“These things impact other issues on which [Mr. Bush] and I basically agree,” the Georgia Democrat said. “I’ve never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion.”

Mr. Carter said his party’s congressional leadership only hurts Democrats by making a rigid pro-abortion rights stand the criterion for assessing judicial nominees.

“I have always thought it was not in the mainstream of the American public to be extremely liberal on many issues,” Mr. Carter said. “I think our party’s leaders — some of them — are overemphasizing the abortion issue.”

I wonder if any Senate Democrats are now going to call Jimmy Carter a right-wing reglious extremist.

In any case, this is going to make it that much tougher for them to paint Judge Alito as “out of the mainstream” based on his mother’s comments.

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