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Some Criticize Kennedy for Changing View on Abortion
WIVB ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Eli George

Posted on 02/20/2014 4:13:35 PM PST by nickcarraway

A local state senator is drawing some criticism for changing his view on abortion.

When Tim Kennedy successfully won the State Senate seat of Bill Stackowski in 2010, he was a declared pro-life supporter. But now he supports Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, which would expand abortion rights in New York, and that’s not going over well with some of his constituents.

Mary Kujawski said, “Well I really don’t know his motive. It’s probably for votes, to advance in the political field. I think I give the bishop a lot of credit for standing up and saying that it’s wrong.”

Bishop Richard Malone said in a statement: “I am extremely disappointed and deeply concerned about his turnaround on this most critical issue. To be pro-abortion/pro-choice rights is totally inconsistent with Catholic teaching.”

But some voters support Kennedy’s change of position.

Jim Piraino said, “Everyone’s got their own choices, their own freedoms and that, you know. Whatever he decides, he’s doing a good job, and I’m right behind him.”

Kennedy, who attends St. Martin’s Church n South Buffalo, declined our request for an interview. In a statement he said: “I believe that there is more to my faith than any one particular issue. I maintain my personal views on the issue.”

But he added that he must be responsive to all the people in the state.

“Their input, opinions, and access to health care must be weighed against my personal beliefs, especially on issues of this magnitude.”

Betty Jean Grant, who narrowly lost to Kennedy in 2012 and is challenging him again, questions what Kennedy calls his “evolving” views.

“Pro-choice all of a sudden, when he has clearly stated his pro-life stance, seems to be to me that either he has had a 360 degree turn, or he’s trying to fool some of the people some of the time,” she said.

While Kennedy is supporting the Women’s Equality Act, which also deals with wage discrimination and protections for victims of domestic violence, among other things, he says more should be done to prevent and end abortion through education, awareness and health care resources.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: New York
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1 posted on 02/20/2014 4:13:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“he’s had a 360 degree turn”


really? Then there’s no problem, right? Unless of course she meant a 180 degree turn....


2 posted on 02/20/2014 4:19:41 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: nickcarraway

Suckers.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 4:20:22 PM PST by Lysandru
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To: nickcarraway

Another baby-killing Kennedy.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 4:22:10 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: nickcarraway
“Pro-choice all of a sudden, when he has clearly stated his pro-life stance, seems to be to me that either he has had a 360 degree turn, or he’s trying to fool some of the people some of the time,” she said.

More like a 180, but we know what she means. Why is that everyone named Kennedy seems to sell out on abortion? Teddy and Anthony and now this guy.
5 posted on 02/20/2014 4:23:16 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: MuttTheHoople

Kennedys have a history of walking over dead babies to garner more votes.Just another reason to despise the whole miserable lot of them.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 4:31:43 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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7 posted on 02/20/2014 4:53:08 PM PST by RedMDer
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To: nickcarraway
“Their input, opinions, and access to health care must be weighed against my personal beliefs, especially on issues of this magnitude.”

Apparently the people who elected him had very strong pro-life opinions. Too bad he doesn't intend to represent them.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 5:14:54 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: irishjuggler

They sell out to please the party and need the party’s $$$$

to get re-elected.

“A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” Pope John Paul II


9 posted on 02/20/2014 5:32:18 PM PST by victim soul
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To: nickcarraway

What do they have on this coward?


10 posted on 02/20/2014 5:59:09 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: nickcarraway

I read the whole thing twice and never did find out what party the guy was.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:09:48 PM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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Jim Piraino said, “Everyone’s got their own choices, their own freedoms and that, you know. Whatever he decides, he’s doing a good job, and I’m right behind him.”

Brilliant. Just brilliant. Our government is being elected by the likes of this cabbage head.

12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:19:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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