John on April 19, 2007 at 6:38 pm
Senator John Edwards is a multi-millionaire who made his money as a trial lawyer. Edwards’ specialty was a specific type of suit brought against obstetricians. As the Boston Globe reported back in 2003, his emotional appeals on behalf of unborn infants were legendary:
Senator John Edwards, the North Carolina lawyer running for president, built a career out of winning historic jury awards for children who suffered birth defects allegedly because doctors mishandled their deliveries — from a record $6.5 million in 1985 to a new record of $23 million in his last trial in 1997.
His summations became legendary, with lawyers crowding the courtroom to listen to Edwards move jurors to tears.
Here’s the appeal Edwards made on behalf of his unborn clients that had juries spellbound:
“I have to tell you right now — I didn’t plan to talk about this — right now I feel her, I feel her presence,” he said in his record-setting 1985 lawsuit on behalf of Jennifer Campbell, born brain-damaged after being deprived of oxygen during labor. “She’s inside me and she’s talking to you. . . . And this is what she says to you. She says, `I don’t ask for your pity. What I ask for is your strength. And I don’t ask for your sympathy, but I do ask for your courage.’ “
That was then, this is now. Here’s Edwards comment on the Supreme Courts ruling upholding the ban on partial birth abortion:
“The ban upheld by the Court is an ill-considered and sweeping prohibition that does not even take account for serious threats to the health of individual women,” Edwards said. “This hard right turn is a stark reminder of why Democrats cannot afford to lose the 2008 election.”
Coincidentally, Edwards also missed the only two votes on the procedure during his Senate term.
If pro-lifers want to bring the old John Edwards back they should put together a little fund-raiser. For $500 an hour, he’d start singing a whole different tune.
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