Wesley Clark on Abortion
NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President
CLARK: I reconcile it with my own beliefs. And I do believe in the right of conscience. And I support a womanís right to choose protected by law. I fought for human rights in Bosnia. I fought for human rights in Kosovo. And I will fight for human rights in America. And no one is going to take away a womanís right to choose when Iím president of the United States. Itís that simple.
Q: Can you clarify how you reconcile that with Catholic doctrine?
CLARK: I understand what the Catholic doctrine is. But I have freedom of conscience. I believe that the right to choose is a right that should be protected by law. I believe the decision about issues like this are the issues that have to be worked between a woman and her family, her god, her doctor. And as much as I respect the opinion of the Catholic Church, in this case, I donít support it. Itís that simple.
CLARK: I donít know whether Iíd sign that bill or not. Iím not into that detail on partial-birth abortion. In general, Iím pro-life--excuse me, Iím pro-abortion rights.
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