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Jimmy Carter, Pro-life?


I have recently read two articles about Jimmy Carter concerning the abortion issue.

One article was in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 5 and the other one in the Nov. 24 issue of The Christian Index where the heading was “Carter reaffirms his pro-life stance.”

Please allow me to take issue with this headline. If he felt an abortion “should never be committed,” why hasn’t he said so on the many occasions when he had the chance while in public office? Was he afraid some in his party, say Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, might look on him in disdain? I guess he saw how they turned their backs on Zell Miller when he spoke out for what he believed to be right.

He sounds to me as if he’s trying to win votes for his pro-abortion party by saying in so many words that they should pretend that they are moderate on the abortion issue. If Mr. Carter believes the Bible, he knows that abortion is the taking of a life.

Surely he has read Psalms 139:13-16 and Deuteronomy 30:19. There is no middle ground: You’re either pro-life or you’re pro-abortion, with the only exception being to save the life of the mother, not the “health” of the mother, which is a catch-all term to cover any woman who does not want her baby.

Mr. Carter, in the AJC article, mentions the unborn baby as a “fetus.” I have news for Mr. Carter and those who share his views: if it’s not a baby, the woman is not pregnant. Also, in the AJC article he says that “we believe in full civil rights for gays who want to be partners.” He believes the Bible?

I know Mr. Carter has disassociated himself from us Southern Baptists. I, for one, am glad he has for he certainly does not re- present my views.