As my editorial colleague Christopher and I have reported here on Catholic Kerry Watch, Sen. Kerry is attempting to obscure his infamous anti-life record in a shameless attempt to provide a cover for "Catholic" voters squeamish about being identified with aiding and abeting America's abortion holocaust, but as Neumayr intimates, Kerry's ploy could prove a two-edged sword:
Catholic Democrats like Kerry assume that making this sort of show of their personal moral distaste for abortion will make their "pro-choice" views more respectable. But it only makes them more disgraceful. Kerry can't even claim lack of culpability on account of cluelessness. He knows that abortion destroys a human life but promotes a right to it anyway.
That sword, swung with such reckless abandon, has already drawn blood on the Left. Thus, Eileen McNamara, a Boston Globe columnist "who support(s) legal abortion," concludes that "It Is Time to Quiz Kerry."
I did not know that Senator John F. Kerry believes that life begins at conception. Now that I do know, I do not understand 20 years of votes supporting a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
...I don't know what to think. I cannot respectfully disagree with him as I do with an abortion opponent whose conscience prompts her to work to unseat lawmakers like Kerry. I understand her. She is acting on principle, lobbying to change laws antithetical to her conscience. I don't understand him, voting consistently in opposition to what he now tells us is one of his core beliefs.
If only our Bishops—with notable and honorable exceptions—saw things as clearly as Ms. McNamara.
A grateful tip of my editor's hat to the ever resourceful Amy Welborn and John Mallon for calling my attention to Neumayr's and McNamara's articles, respectively.
Ongoing commentary by the editors of CatholicKerryWatch
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.