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Friday, October 29, 2004

Greg Sisk: "Kerry's Record: It Just Gets Worse" 

Posted by Christopher Blosser at 9:18 PM

Editor's note: this was originally posted by Greg Sisk to the group blog Mirror of Justice -- as Greg in his most recent post encourages "re-postings of our words on other web sites," in the interest of reasserting the truth of Senator Kerry's militant pro-choice/pro-abortion stance, I'm taking the liberty of reposting Greg's post in full:

The more the information flows in, the more it is confirmed that Senator Kerry's record as a self-proclaimed opponent of those attempting to protect innocent human life is even worse than I at least had originally understood. His own words confirm that he is directly at odds with any understanding of Catholic teaching on the sanctity of unborn human life.

Herewith just a few examples:

  • In January of last year as he opened his presidential campaign, Senator Kerry spoke to a National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) dinner. Beginning his campaign by touching base with his closest allies in the abortion industry was in itself sadly unremarkable, as Kerry has regularly lent his name and proudly pledged his loyalty to those advancing the war against the unborn. Still, the effusiveness of his words of praise for the abortion advocates and his expressions of contempt for those working to protect unborn human life are astounding. You can read the entire speech here. Below are a couple of excerpts:

    With respect to John Kerry's admiration for the pro-abortion movement: "NARAL is without question the front line defense in this struggle and when judgments are made, the judgment is inescapable that Kate Michelman is one of the most effective and important civil rights leaders in our time. Kate has saved more women's lives and liberated more women than almost anyone and taken on more tough fights than anyone else committed to this cause."

    As for the pro-life movement, while out of one side of his mouth Kerry said "nothing we say here diminishes or disrespects someone else's belief or morality," he nonetheless blasted those who stand opposed to NARAL: "We need to take on this President and the forces of intolerance on the other side. We need to honestly and candidly take this cause to the country -- speak up and be proud of what we stand for."

  • Late last year, at a forum on women's issued for Democratic presidential candidates organized by, among others, Planned Parenthood (which operates the largest chain of abortion mills in the country), Senator Kerry again made clear his extreme views on abortion. The transcript of the entire forum can be found here. At that forum, Senator Kerry responded to a question about the President's signing of the ban on partial-birth abortion by saying: "There's no such thing as a quote "partial birth." It is a late term abortion. They've done a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it and it's part of their assault on the rights of women in America. It is the first step in their effort – there's nothing partial, may I say, about their effort to undue Roe v. Wade. And I am the only candidate here who has said declaratively, I will support no person to the Supreme Court of the United States whose philosophy is to undue Roe v. Wade. They call it a litmus test; I call it protecting Constitutional rights in America. And we need a president who stands up and does that."

    Of course, none of this is a new direction for John Kerry, for whom the abortion cause has been the signal continuity of his political career. He often tells pro-abortion rallies of his pride that his maiden speech in the United States Senate in 1985 was to proclaim his unwavering support for Roe v. Wade.

  • In another speech to the Senate in 1994, Senator Kerry made clear that he is not merely pro-choice but approves of abortion: "The right thing to do is to treat abortions as exactly what they are -- a medical procedure that any doctor is free to provide and any pregnant woman free to obtain. Consequently, abortions should not have to be performed in tightly guarded clinics on the edge of town; they should be performed and obtained in the same locations as any other medical procedure. . . . [A]bortions need to be moved out of the fringes of medicine and into the mainstream of medical practice." More about his record, together with the suggestion that pro-life Democrats could swing the election to Bush in Pennsylvania, may be found in Professor Paul Kengor's column.

    In sum, the more we learn about John Kerry's record on the sanctity of life, the uglier and more despicable it appears. It is no wonder that John Kerry has proven unable to utter even a single word of condemnation of abortion or rebuke to the abortionists. He has never fully expressed any personal opposition to abortion because, well, his own words make clear that he has no genuine qualms about abortion, personally, legally, or politically.

    Source: "Further Examination of Kerry's Record on Life: It Just Gets Worse" Mirror of Justice. Oct. 29, 2004.


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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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