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    Wesley Clark Backs Abortion Until Birth, Won t Pick Pro-Life Judges http://www.lifenews.com/nat268.html by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor January 8, 2004
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      Wesley Clark Backs Abortion Until Birth, Won't Pick Pro-Life Judges
      http://www.lifenews.com/nat268.html

      by Steven Ertelt
      LifeNews.com Editor
      January 8, 2004

      Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In an interview with the
      Manchester Union Leader newspaper on Tuesday, Wesley Clark
      finally divulged his extreme pro-abortion views. Clark said he
      would never appoint pro-life judges and that he supported keeping
      abortion legal until the day of birth.

      Clark told the New Hampshire newspaper that he would never
      appoint a pro-life judge to any federal court because the
      appointee wouldn't be able to follow the precedent of Roe v.
      Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on
      demand.

      Clark flashed his extreme pro-abortion credentials by saying
      that, "until the moment of birth, the government has no right to
      influence a mother's decision on whether to have an abortion,"
      the paper reported.

      "Life begins with the mother's decision," Clark said.

      Clark told the Union Leader that he would discern a potential
      judicial candidate's position on abortion not with a litmus test,
      but by sifting through previous cases and legal decisions.

      "I don't believe people whose ideological agenda is to burn the
      law or remake the law or reshape it should be appointed whether
      they are from either side," Clark said during an interview with
      editors and reporters from the paper.

      The comments are upsetting to many who are pro-life, and Wendy
      Wright of Concerned Women for America said Clark was "catering to
      the extreme edge to win the Democratic primary."

      "Clark goes beyond Roe v Wade. There is no medical or legal
      precedence for saying life doesn't begin until a woman decides.
      It would be difficult for him to find people that extreme to fill
      all the judicial slots," Wright told LifeNews.com.

      When the newspaper asked Clark if he would appoint someone who
      passed all of Clark's criteria, but was pro-life, Clark said, "I
      don't know. It would depend. I don't have litmus tests. I want a
      guy who will do judicial precedent."

      Following the interview with the newspaper, Clark called the
      Union Leader to clarify his position.

      "I'm not going to be appointing judges who are pro-life," he
      said.

      When the newspaper asked him if that meant he would use a litmus
      test, Clark replied, "You just work through what the judge has
      done and if you find guys who follow judicial and established
      precedent, you're not going to find a judge who is pro-life."

      "Is Clark not aware that liberal court decisions on abortion, and
      the recent Supreme Court decision on the Texas sodomy law,
      overturned precedents," Wright wondered.

      Though he already indicated he thought life begins at birth,
      Clark also told the New Hampshire paper, "I'm not going to get
      into a discussion of when life begins. I'm in favor of choice,
      period. Pure and simple.

      "I don't think you should get the law involved in abortion,"
      Clark concluded. "It's between a woman, her doctor, her faith and
      her family and her conscience. You don't put the law in there."

      Wright said Clark's comments come across as discriminatory.

      "Clark has exposed how unknowledgeable he is on abortion and
      legal issues. His prejudice against two entire classes of people,
      compassionate, intelligent people in all walks of life --
      pro-lifers, who are now the majority of Americans, and unborn
      babies -- would render him incapable of making rational
      decisions," Wright said.

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