On the issue of the President's stance on abortion, Mr. Sweeney points out:
He is opposed to abortion but makes the pragmatic exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
This puts him in some opposition to both Catholic teaching and the position of Republican party -- both do not provide for exceptions for rape and incest. Senator John McCain in 2000 unsuccessfully accused George Bush of "contradicting" his own party platform. It was a strange accusation for McCain to make because the two of them share the same position.
. . . In this life we don't get perfection. I would say that among electable individuals, we have no better candidate than George Bush."
During his first term, President Bush made a strong effort to stop the evil of partial-birth abortion. He succeeded to some extent, by signing the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in November 2003, finally obtaining support of the House and the Senate and culminating an eight-year struggle by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and congressional pro-life leaders. The bill was a historic moment in the pro-life cause, representing the first direct national restriction on any method of abortion since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1973.
The Partial Birth Abortion ban still faces stiff opposition in the courts, and recently a New York Federal Judge struck down the ban as unconstitutional. According to LifeNews.com:
Pro-life groups reacted to the decision of a federal judge on Thursday striking down the ban on partial-birth abortions by saying that the next president will have the power to determine whether the gruesome abortion procedure remains legal. . . . The next president could have the power to appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. With federal judges in lower courts relying on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor partial-birth abortions, a change of one vote could cause the high court to reverse itself.
Senator Kerry voted against passing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act every chance he got -- six times. As president, he will continue to oppose it. Clearly, the future of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, as well as a number of other issues, such as the continued funding of abstinence programs and crisis pregnancy centers; opposition to human cloning and embroyonic stem-cell research, and the Mexico City policy opposing funding and promotion of abortion by NGO's (which Senator Kerry has promised to overturn as his first act in office), will be determined by our election of the next President of the United States.