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Sunday, May 09, 2004

Voting Against Bush Can't Justify Voting for Kerry 

Posted by Earl at 12:06 AM

Reacting on Laudem Gloriae, to Catholic Kerry Watch's report of the recent FDA ruling against the abortifacient "morning-after" pill, Christine notes that "Kerry is steamed." She then describes the rationale of some seeking to rationalize voting for the anti-life Senator:
I've heard from those who have weighed Kerry against Bush and, despite their dislike of Kerry, have an even stronger aversion for Bush. Some fear that leaving Bush in office will mean certain disaster for the country, as terrorists are likely to continue escalating attacks on America, resulting in more lives lost. I can understand the concern. Their reasoning is to vote Kerry into office, but then vote against any pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-homosexual marriage laws.
Such muddled thinkers would do well to heed Christine's cogent counsel:
Keep this in mind: Kerry is not merely a pro-choice politician (as he claims). He is a pro-abortion politician. When the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was ready for a vote, Kerry flew across the country to vote against it.

Now, let me give you a little background on this law. Currently, about half the states have such laws in place, which criminalize the murder of a pregnant woman by counting it as a double homicide—the mother's, and the baby's deaths. Nothing new here. Our country has had such laws from its inception. In fact, this law arises from English common law and is as old as the hills. But since Roe v. Wade, a double standard has been introduced between criminal law (under which a fetus counts as a person as to homicide) and constitutional law (under which a fetus is a non-person as to abortion).
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA)was merely federalizing state criminal law—in this sense, it was not doing anything particularly sensational. But because abortion has become such an intensely politicized issue, pro-aborts view such a law as a thinly disguised effort at cutting away the right to choose.

Now for Kerry. He claimed at a rally before the D.C. March for Women's Lives that he was not "pro-abortion," but rather "pro-choice." He believed in allowing choice for women. But his vote against the UVVA belies this claim. Because the mother who dies at the hand of a murderer dies against her will, and loses her child against her will. There is no choice involved. Thus, Kerry's vote against the UVVA shows that he cares nothing for the woman's "choice," but everything for abortion.
Christine concludes:
For those who are still considering voting for Kerry, think long and hard about his position. He's not your run-of-the-mill pro-choice Democrat, though he likes to paint himself as such. His actions prove himself to be far more radical. Please think about it, and pray about it, before you vote such a man into office.
Better yet, think about the more than 4,000 babies that will be murdered by abortionists tomorrow thanks to Catholic Judases like JFK and save your prayers for them. One thing is certain, if you can "pray" your way into voting for Kerry, it is Moloch—not God—who has answered your prayers.

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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.


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Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion, from Archbishop Donoghue (Atlanta, GA), Bishop Baker (Charleston, SC) and Bishop Jugis (Charlotte, NC).
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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

Catholic Politicians and Bishops. By Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis. America June 21-28, 2004.

A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

Why Communion Could Be Denied to Anti-Life Legislators. Interview with Father Thomas Williams, dean of the School of Theology of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Why Don't Catholic Politicians Practice What the Catholic Church Preaches?, by Judie Brown. Washington Dispatch April 19, 2004.

How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians, by Mark Stricherz. Crisis May 2003.

The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

Irreconcilable Differences", by Matthew Mehan. NRO Sept. 16, 2004.

John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.

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