Wesley Clark Takes a Stand on Abortion
Celebrating Roe v. Wade, the general explains what he really thinks about abortion.
2:30 PM, Jan 22, 2004 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Bedford, New Hampshire
Establishing his pro-choice bona fides, Clark continued, saying, "I have always been and always will be pro-choice." (Previously Clark has admitted that he voted for Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. His first vote for a pro-choice presidential candidate came in 1992 for Bill Clinton.)
By way of explaining his commitment to legalized abortion, Clark said,
Moving quickly on, Clark segued into a call to fully fund the Violence Against Women Act,
Employing the language of human rights in defense of abortion is not, perhaps, the most tactful choice. Particularly in light of Clark's somewhat gruesome view of the sanctity of abortion. Remember the exchange with the Manchester Union Leader's Joseph McQuaid earlier this month:
BUT THEN AGAIN, perhaps Clark's views aren't so gruesome because with regard to abortion, it isn't clear that he actually understands what he's talking about. Taking questions from the press after his speech, Clark was asked what limits he would put on late-term abortion. He replied, "I stand with the established set of laws, Roe v. Wade and Casey." Pressed for more specifics, he elaborated, "I support the settled laws of Roe v. Wade and Casey."
The reporters forged ahead:
The exchanges continued in similar fashion until one reporter finally asked Clark what these standards were. Clark replied, naturally, "I'm going to stand on Roe v. Wade."