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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Kerry chooses Edwards, cements pro-abortion presidential ticket 

Posted by Christopher Blosser at 8:49 AM

Senator Kerry has chosen North Carolina Senator John Edwards as his running made, cementing this as the "pro-choice"/pro-abortion ticket. As a trial lawyer, Sen. Edwards won many a case speaking out on behalf of the unborn and their mothers, in lawsuits against doctors for botched deliveries. According to Kate O'Beirne of the National Review:
Back in 1985, a younger John Edwards "stood before a jury and channeled the words of an unborn baby girl," the New York Times recently reported in a front-page story about the senator's spectacularly successful career as a trial lawyer. The poor child whose words Edwards shared with the North Carolina jury suffered brain damage that Edwards hoped to pin on the obstetrician who failed to heed a fetal heart monitor's distress signals. Since being elected to the Senate, Edwards has obviously not heard such desperate little voices given his vehement opposition to any restriction on abortion, even the gruesome partial-birth-abortion procedure.

Referencing the hour-by-hour monitor readings, Edwards told the jury, "She said at 3, 'I'm fine.' She said at 4, 'I'm having a little trouble, but I'm doing O.K.'...At 5:30, she said, 'I need out.'" His closer: "She speaks to you through me...I feel her presence. She's inside me, and she's talking to you." Edwards's clients won a $6.5 million verdict in that cerebral-palsy case and Edwards went on to win over $60 million in about 20 similar lawsuits over allegedly botched deliveries against doctors and hospitals. His share of the verdicts was typically about a third.

Large contingency fees encourage lawyers' aggression and passion. Who knew that they could improve a lawyer's hearing?

When it comes to his political record, Edwards adheres to the schizophrenic "personally against/publically for" line of his running mate. According to, he has expressed his personal opposition to partial-birth abortion:
"I oppose partial-birth abortions," Edwards said during the debate in the Senate over the partial-birth abortion ban on October 21, 1999. "Put simply, I oppose all late-term abortions unless they are necessary to save the life of the mother or to avert grievous damage to the physical health of the mother. . . . I believe that the difficult question of abortion should be left for a woman to decide in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith. However, once the fetus has reached viability, I believe we have a responsibility, and a constitutional ability, to protect the unborn child."

Apparently, Edward's personal belief regarding abortion has been sacrificed on the alter of political gain -- as he assures his voters on his campaign website:

  • Edwards is a strong supporter of Roe vs. Wade and a woman's right to choose. At a January 2003 NARAL event, Edwards said he would "help lead a fight to pass a federal freedom of choice act so that your right to choose is guaranteed and protected no matter what the court does." He has voted against Republican efforts to prohibit funding for choice for federal employees, DC residents and women overseas at international family planning centers. He also voted to eliminate a ban on abortions at overseas military facilities, which would ban abortion even if the woman paid for it herself.
  • Edwards opposes President Bush's reinstatement of the "Mexico City policy" or "global gag rule," which prevents an organization from receiving federal funding -- or UN funding -- if they provide abortions or counsel patients about abortions.
  • Edwards, a member of the Judiciary Committee voted against the nominations of John Ashcroft, Priscilla Owen, and Bill Pryor each strongly opposed by pro-choice groups such as NOW, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.
On his voting record, Edwards received a 100% score from Planned Parenthood and 0% from the National Right to Life Committee.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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