Three more Democratic candidates for President jump in


By Carol Tobias, Political Director

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who had a strong pro-life voting record, has announced that he is now "pro-choice" as he seeks the Democratic nomination for President.

Kucinich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. During that campaign, he stated, "I believe that life begins at conception but doesn't end at birth." Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland and NARAL of Ohio both rated Kucinich as "anti-choice."

According to Carrie Carpenter Peer, then public affairs director for Planned Parenthood, they met with Kucinich and asked him their "benchmark" question, "Do you support Roe vs. Wade?" to which he answered "no."

However, during the recent publicity surrounding the announcement of his presidential campaign, Kucinich insisted that he had not switched positions for political expediency, saying that he has "never been for a Constitutional amendment to criminalize abortion or for overturning Roe v. Wade."

In the five years following his election to Congress, Kucinich voted with National Right to Life on every issue but campaign finance reform. Only last year did he start mixing his voting record, voting pro-life on two votes, voting pro-abortion on four votes, and voting present twice - - on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act. (See editorial on page two for more.)

Kucinich becomes the second Democrat seeking the Democratic presidential nod to switch positions on abortion. Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt sponsored a constitutional amendment against abortion shortly after being elected to Congress in 1976 but flip-flopped on his position in 1986, prior to running for president in 1988.

Pro-lifers may remember that former Vice President Al Gore had an 84% pro-life voting record as a member of the House of Representatives. He also flip-flopped prior to an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.


Two more candidates jump in

Two more pro-abortion candidates have jumped into the race for the Democratic nomination--Florida Senator Bob Graham and former Illinois Senator Carol Moseley-Braun.

Elected in 1986, Graham has voted with NRLC on only nine of 87 votes. Graham's Senate term is also up in 2004, so if he does not get the Democratic nomination, he will have to decide if he will run for re-election.

Moseley-Braun was elected to the Senate in 1992 and was defeated by pro-life Senator Peter Fitzgerald in 1998. During her six years in Congress, she voted with NRLC on two of 43 votes.

Graham, Moseley-Braun, and Kucinich bring the number of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to nine. Along with Gephardt, there are Senator John Edwards (NC), Senator John Kerry (Mass.), Senator Joe Lieberman (Conn.), former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and Rev. Al Sharpton (NY). Unfortunately, all nine candidates now support the killing of unborn children.