Newsday columnist Raymond J. Keating puzzles over Kerry's logic-defying "position" on abortion:
. . . If Kerry believes life begins at conception, then he either has voted consistently against his conscience or, in his moral ordering, perversely places greater weight on not offending some over saving innocent lives. The other possibility is that Kerry is disingenuously pandering to both sides of the abortion issue. None of these choices is encouraging if one hopes for a president with a sound moral compass.
In fact, I would think that both sides of the abortion debate - pro-choice and pro-life - have to be scratching their heads over Kerry's position. But it's clear how he has voted. If he opposes abortion, then how does Kerry sleep at night with such a staunchly pro-abortion voting record?
Keating also interviews Kristen Day, executive director of the group Democrats for Life, who will be holding a rally today in Faneuil Hall, Boston. Says Ms. Day:
". . . We're really trying to send a message that pro-life Democrats shouldn't be silent anymore. There is a home in the Democratic Party for pro-lifers; we just have to speak up more."[About Kerry's contradictory position]:"We're very happy to hear that he does believe that life begins at conception," she said, "and it really shows how much power the abortion lobby has over the Democratic Party right now. ... If people are prevented from voting their conscience because they're afraid of the abortion lobby, that's just wrong."
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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.