Kerryism of the Day.

Kerryism of the Day.

Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 1 2004 2:38 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

And 1 they are prepared to attack every front they can with respect to the right of privacy. I believe the right of privacy is a constitutional right. 2 3 4 5 Protecting the right of privacy is not pro-abortion; it is pro-choice, pro-the rights of women, to be able to control—protecting the right of privacy is protecting the full measure of rights. 6 7 And as President Clinton said so often 8, abortion should be rare, but it should be safe and legal. … And I believe that it is worth our fight to guarantee that we don't turn that choice into a criminal act, that we don't drive women once again into back alleys 9, that we preserve that important constitutional right 10, that we have a dialogue 11 12 13 14 15.

—Washington, D.C., April 23, 2004

[1] of course

[2] I believe it is a right.

[3] And let me say

[5] and I think all of you know this—

[6] of human beings

[7] in our country