Every 4 years it seems that leading Democratic presidential candidates come down with a short-lived empathy for pro-life voters. That empathy goes along with similarly periodic ploys towards gun owners, advocates of controlled borders and (this year) embittered Midwestern religionists:
Boston Globe, July 5 2004:
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa -- Amid a three-day bus tour in which he highlighted his values and cast himself as an acceptable alternative for conservative voters, John F. Kerry was quoted yesterday as saying he believes life begins at conception, but continues to favor abortion rights.
Boston Globe, April 14 2008:
GRANTHAM, Pa. - Senator Hillary Clinton said last night that the potential for life begins at conception …Clinton was asked whether life begins at conception, which opponents of abortion contend makes termination of a pregnancy the ending of a life. "I believe the potential for life begins at conception," the senator from New York said. "For me, it is also not only about a potential life. It is about the other lives involved." She said she came to support abortion rights after much soul-searching, but said it should be used rarely. "I have concluded . . . that individuals must be entrusted to make this profound decision, because the alternative would be such an intrusion of government authority that it would be very difficult to sustain in our kind of open society."
The lady now recoiling in horror at the prospect of such an intrusion of government authority is the same person who in 1993 was the architect of government intrusion to the point of control in the entire US health care system.
These are signs of an election coming.