Beliefnet has the lowdown on the media coverage of John Kerry going to Mass here. In one of the articles linked I saw this story from his July 4 visit to the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, Iowa.
The Democratic presidential candidate on Sunday attended mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, sat in the fourth pew, donated a crisp $20 bill to the church during collection, and received Communion.
But several churchgoers separately quizzed Kerry about his legislative support for abortion rights after Mass on Sunday when Kerry was signing autographs and posing for pictures with congregation members.
"It's hard," Kerry told parishioner Frank Ward, a father of five and an abortion opponent. "It's a difficult line to walk."
Kerry told another man in the lobby of the church that "I'm against partial birth abortion," even though he voted against banning the procedure six times in the Senate. Kerry said he would have voted for the ban if it included an exception to allow the procedure if it was necessary to protect the health of the mother.
"They did it for a political reason," Kerry said of Republicans who backed the measure, which passed last fall in the Senate 64-34 with support from several Democrats after years of debate. "They tried to drive home the politics of it."
It's hard, it's a difficult line to walk? I guess it is difficult to walk when your feet are on both sides of the fence. The protect the life of the mother dodge is totally phony and medically untrue. How is delivering the baby backwards so that you can vacuum the brains out less safe for the mother than delivering the child normally?
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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.