For those who know me, I have always respected and cherished the sanctity of human life. I spent six years studying to be a priest and was willing to devote my life to God. I came to Congress two years after the Hyde amendment became law. And I have spent the last 34 years casting votes to protect the lives of the unborn. I have stood up to many in my party to defend the right to life and have made no apologies for doing so. I now find myself disagreeing with some of the people and groups I have spent a lifetime working with. I have listened carefully to both sides, sought counsel from my priest, advice from family, friends and constituents, and I have read the Senate abortion language more than a dozen times.Per Jonathan Bernstein's note about how skillfully Kucinich has played the press in trumpeting his 'yes' vote, I'm a bit mystified why the news of Kildee's decision isn't front-of-blogosphere news. If the bulk of the Stupak 12 break, it's game over. Kucinich is a party of one.
He added, “I am convinced that the Senate language maintains the Hyde amendment, which states that no federal money can be used for abortion.”
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