Former President Jimmy Carter, who is in the midst of a tour promoting his new NIV study Bible (see The New American’s coverage), recently threw a curve concerning his long time “pro-choice” position on abortion, suggesting that the Democratic Party should tone down its aggressive pro-abortion platform. Appearing March 29 on conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Carter said, “I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions, and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions.”
Among those efforts, he recalled, “I made it easy to adopt children, for instance, who were unwanted, and also initiated the program called Women and Infant Children or WIC program that’s still in existence now.” While acknowledging that Jesus would condemn all abortion, Carter himself — as is the case with a majority of “pro-choice” advocates — emphasized that “except for the times when a mother’s life is in danger or when a pregnancy is caused by rape or incest, I would certainly not or never have approved of any abortions.”
The bottom line is that the former President — who not only claims faith in Christ, but endorses same-sex marriage to boot — remains solidly in support of a woman’s right to choose the death of her baby. He just thinks his own political party should de-emphasize the position in its party platform. “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion, which is to minimize the need requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest,” he told Ingraham.
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