WASHINGTON – Democrats should welcome more pro-life candidates into their party and embrace the language of "life" used by opponents of abortion, said the defeated Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kerry.
Mr. Kerry yesterday praised a recent speech by Senator Clinton in which she described abortion as "tragic" and called for people on both sides of the abortion debate to find "common ground."
"Many of us have talked about this for a long period of time," Mr. Kerry said, adding that traditionally conservative themes of adoption and abstinence "are worth talking about."
Both Mr. Kerry and Mrs. Clinton are considered to be potential Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2008, though neither has declared a desire to run. Their comments come as the party grapples with the perception that it lost support among voters who say they care about moral values.
Noting that the minority leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, opposes abortion, Mr. Kerry said Democrats should not exclude pro-life candidates.
"You can’t be doctrinarian negative against somebody simply because they have that position," Mr. Kerry said in a lengthy interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press."
The tow references to life in this article used scare quotes as in "life." Considering that they were willing to use pro-life as a term this seems rather strange. You can tell how pro-life Kerry really is by his statement about not being negative simply for holding "that position." He soon gets back to his common defense.
Mr. Kerry, a Catholic, said he is personally opposed to abortion, but he said the party need not change its position defending the right to abortion. "I don’t believe that I have a right to take what is an article of faith to me and legislate it to other people," he said.
I am personally opposed to murder but the party need not change it’s position on this subject.
"The discussion is not about being pro-abortion. The discussion is about how you truly value life. Valuing life is also valuing choice. Valuing life is the exception for the life of a mother or rape or incest," he said. [Source]
I have read over this statement a number of times and I still have no idea of what he is saying.