"By the way, I'm not planning on voting for Kerry either. At the moment I intend to write in "None of the Above." Neither Kerry nor Bush is a comprehensive pro-life candidate."
Thank you, Catherine, and on that note I would like to introduce a topic for discussion:
Does criticism of Kerry (such as is the nature of this blog) necessarily entail an endorsement of the Bush administration, and translate into a vote for Bush in the upcoming election?
I think that Bush's pro-life record is to be commended, but I understand how one might disagree with him on other grounds. (I don't think Catholics can realistically expect the opportunity to vote for a President with whom they can support 100%). I also know Catholic bloggers, even those participating on this blog, might disagree with each other over various policies of the Bush administration (Iraq, for example, has been a source of great contention).
I respect any Catholic Democrat, like Catherine, who is critical of the Bush administration on moral grounds, and yet refuses to betray her principles by supporting the pro-abortion platform of the Democratic party with her vote. It's precisely Catholic Democrats who maintain that their criticism of Bush on Catholic social doctrine justifies their vote for pro-abortion candidate John Kerry that I find troubling.
My own opinion: Catholic criticism of Kerry is not necessarily an endorsement for the Bush administration. It's simply a demand that politicians who profess themselves to be Catholic behave like Catholics.
P.S. And on that note, if you know of pro-life Catholic Democrats critical of Kerry (a rare breed, but I'm sure they're out there somewhere), let me know.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.