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Dem Prez Candidate Admits Error in Pro-Abortion Braggadocio

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    ... From:  The Pro-Life Infonet Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt Subject:   Dem Prez Candidate Admits Error in
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      From:  The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet@...>
      Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt <infonet@...>
      Subject:   Dem Prez Candidate Admits Error in Pro-Abortion Braggadocio
      Source:   Boston Globe; May 1, 2003

      Dem Prez Candidate Admits Error in Pro-Abortion Braggadocio

      Washington, DC -- Senator John Kerry said yesterday that he will stop
      declaring that his first speech on the floor of the US Senate highlighted his
      support for the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed unlimited abortion, a
      recollection he has learned is not true.

      Seeking to curry favor with leading abortion advocacy groups, the
      pro-abortion Massachusetts Democrat has on numerous occasions boasted that
      his maiden speech as a senator promoted abortion. Kerry did so last month
      before a group of women while campaigning in Des Moines, as he pledged to
      nominate only supporters of abortion to the Supreme Court.

      But the Congressional Record shows Kerry's first speech in the Senate, on
      March 19, 1985, was made in opposition to President Reagan's push to build 21
      MX missiles.

      A States News Service report at the time said that Kerry's planned remarks
      were reduced to a relatively brief four minutes, because more senior
      colleagues wanted to speak and floor debate had been limited to 10 hours.

      In an interview with the Boston Globe Tuesday, Kerry sought again to
      emphasize the importance he places on backing abortion by declaring that it
      was the subject of his first floor speech in the Senate.

      When a Globe reporter told him that the news account from 1985 raised
      questions about the accuracy of his statement, Kerry paused and said he may
      have been misled by a former staff member. He also pledged that if he were
      mistaken, he would never make the comment again.

      An aide said later that the campaign will remove a statement on Kerry's
      website declaring that ''Senator Kerry's first speech on the floor of the
      United States Senate was in strong support of Roe v. Wade.''

      The Congressional Record shows that on Jan. 22, 1985, about three weeks after
      the former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts was sworn in as a senator,
      Kerry entered a written statement reiterating his support for the Roe v. Wade
      decision. His first spoken words on the floor were made on Feb. 7, 1985, when
      Kerry made brief remarks about civil rights. His first speech, which usually
      is a momentous occasion sometimes marked by applause from fellow senators,
      did not occur until more than a month later, when Kerry took up the topic of
      the MX missile.

      ''Certainly it would've been more precise to have referred to John Kerry's
      1985 remarks on Roe as his `first statement as a United States senator' than
      as his first `speech,' '' said a statement issued yesterday by Kelley
      Benander, a spokeswoman for his campaign. ''The confusion was just that,
      confusion, and was unintentional. The record will be corrected, but will
      always reflect that John Kerry has throughout his 18 years in the Senate
      vigorously supported a woman's right to choose.''

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