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January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Martin Moore says ‘pro-life’ conversion happened a few months ago

OLYMPIA — In announcing his intent Tuesday to leave the Democratic Party and run for the Legislature as a Republican, Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore made much of his previous status as a “pro-life” Democrat, saying the party has grown intolerant of such views.

Moore’s conversion on abortion apparently was quite recent. In June 2013, when he ran for his council seat, Moore told King County Democrats in a questionnaire that he supported “women’s absolute right to reproductive freedom.”

Asked about that, Moore said he had not been concealing his beliefs to the Democrats.

He said he’d been “very much pro-choice” and only came around to the pro-life camp late last year, as he sat at state Rep. Roger Freeman’s bedside when he was dying of cancer.

Moore said held Freeman’s hand as he told him he now agreed with him about the sanctity of life. He said Freeman squeezed his hand in response. Freeman died the next day.

Moore, 30, said he was confirmed as a Catholic last year and his views have evolved. “I am at a stage in my life where I am getting serious with the faith,” he said.

Moore is running for the 30th District statehouse seat now held by Democrat Carol Gregory, who was appointed to fill the position following Freeman’s death. The seat will be up for grabs in a November special election.

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