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Carter reaffirms pro-life stance


NASHVILLE (BP) - "I never have felt that any abortion should be committed - I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," former President Jimmy Carter told The Washington Times on Nov 3. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."

The former Southern Baptist said the Democratic Party is making mistakes in its handling of abortion. "I think our party's leaders - some of them - are overemphasizing the abortion issue," Carter said.

The party must "let the deeply religious people and the moderates on social issues like abortion feel that the Democratic Party cares about them and understands them," he said. Democrats, including him, "have some concerns about, say, late-term abortions, where you kill a baby as it's emerging from its mother's womb," Carter said.

The former president's description appeared to fit a procedure known as partial birth abortion, in which a doctor pierces the skull of a partially delivered infant in the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy with surgical scissors and suctions out the brain.