John Kerry and Abortion

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It appears that John Kerry will be the Democrats nominee for president in 2004. Among the issues that Americans are interested in is abortion. What is Mr Kerry's position on abortion?

Much as I'd like to impress the reader with my diligent investigative reporting, it is, in fact, not difficult to determine where Mr Kerry stands. All we need do is visit his campaign web site, Under the "Issues" section he has a sub-section called "Women", where he lists seven things he will do for women if elected. One of them is "Protect the right to choose". Under this section he states:

John Kerry believes that women have the right to control their own bodies, their own lives, and their own destinies. He believes that the Constitution protects their right to choose and to make their own decisions in consultation with their doctor, their conscience, and their God. He will defend this right as President. He recently announced he will support only pro-choice judges to the Supreme Court. Kerry also believes that we should promote family planning and health plans should assure women contraceptive coverage.

This statement immediately produced storms of protest from liberal circles, who protested that Mr Kerry should not be telling women that they must consult religious teachings before making decisions, and for imposing a "litmus test" on judicial appointments. Oh wait, that never happened. Mr Kerry did explain (in January 2003), "Some may call this a litmus test, but I call it a test of our will to uphaold a Constitutional right that protects women's right to choose and to make their own decisions in consultation with their doctor, their conscience, and their God."

Mr Kerry's web site also has a section on "Communities" with a sub-section on "Women". In this section he has a box with a tab labeled "100 days". Click this and you get a list of what Mr Kerry will do for women in his first 100 days in office. There are just three items on this list, and item #1 is "End the era of Ashcroft: Immediately name a new Attorney General to end Ashcroft's assault on choice. Women have the right to control their own bodies."

(Whatever you think of defending abortion, pointing to Attorney General Ashcroft as the great threat to "abortion rights" is decidedly curious. While Mr Ashcraft has said he is pro-life, since taking office he's decidedly upset pro-lifers by obtaining injunctions against pro-life protestors in Washington, DC and defending the FACE Act that makes peaceful protest at an abortion center a federal crime.)

Click another tab on this same page, "Record", for seven bullet points of things he has done for women in the past. #3 on this list is "NARAL Gives John Kerry 100% Voting Record since 1995". NARAL is the National Abortion Rights Action League (actually it's been renamed twice since then, but that's another story), so Mr Kerry is boasting that he has voted pro-abortion 100% of the time. #4 is "John Kerry Has Vowed to Filibuster Any 'Anti-Choice' Supreme Court Nominee". And #5 is "Opposed Republican Attempts to Criminalize Late Term Procedures". I presume that's referring to late-term abortion procedures.

So three of the seven reasons why Mr Kerry believes women should vote for him are abortion, abortion, and abortion.

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8 Mar 2004.

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