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Kerry on the Record: Pro-abortion Militancy

Saturday, 21 February 2004 12:00 AM

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Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., likes to regale audiences with the anecdote about his rookie speech on the floor of the Senate in 1985. It was a tirade in defense of Roe v. Wade, which he says had come under assault by the Reagan administration.

The essence of the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is that constitutional rights apply only after birth – hence, abortion does not breach a person’s right to life. States cannot regulate first-trimester abortions; states can regulate but not ban second-trimester abortions; and states can ban third-trimester abortions.

Although the formula has been around a long time, legal analysts know that the Roe v. Wade decision’s viability remains as precarious as the balance of ideologies on the U.S. Supreme Court.

What’s more, if there is an issue upon which Kerry and President George Bush occupy opposite poles, this – perhaps the most complex and wrenching of all – is it. The polarization is illustrated as each year the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision comes and goes in a tempest.

For his part, President Bush declared in 2002 that Jan. 22, the anniversary of the landmark decision, was to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”

In those days of an even a closer time nexus with 9/11, the dramatic language of the executive proclamation rhetorically mixed abortion with terrorism: “On September 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life. ... Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life.”

The beat goes on.

On the occasion of the most recent anniversary of the Roe decision, Kerry’s own hyperbole at least matched that of the president:

“Never in my years in public service have the rights of women been at such risk – never have women been assaulted in their citizenship here at home or womanhood around the globe as they are by this administration,” Kerry announced ominously.

Kerry said recently that as president he would only appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who support Roe v. Wade. While strictly enforcing the standard when interviewing candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court, he did back off to the extent of adding that the Roe v. Wade loyalty test would not

“I wouldn’t make it applicable to the whole federal court system,” he advised.

“I don’t want to get into an argument about litmus tests. The focus is on the constitutional right that Roe established in America. I want jurists to agree, who swear to uphold the Constitution. I want jurists who understand the Constitution that way.”

This Kerry absolutism on the volatile subject doesn’t end with promises to keep anti-Roe justices off the Supreme Court during any prospective Kerry tour in the White House. In fact, Kerry has promised in his present role as a senator to filibuster any “anti-choice” Supreme Court nominee:

“I am prepared to filibuster, if necessary, any Supreme Court nominee who would turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose or the constitutional right to privacy, on civil rights and individual liberties. ... The test is basic – any person who thinks it’s his or her job to push an extreme political agenda rather than to interpret the law should not be a Supreme Court justice.”

Historically in the Senate, Kerry has opposed attempts to criminalize late-term procedures. For example, he vigorously supported President Clinton’s veto of the Republican measure to ban late-term procedures.

Perennially, Kerry backs the now ubiquitous so-called “Murray Amendment,” which would finally end the overseas prohibition against abortions at U.S. military hospitals and facilities.

Currently, service members and their dependents – even if they are privately funded – are prohibited from getting otherwise legal abortions at such facilities.

Additionally, Kerry has voted to allow federal funding of abortions and to provide abortion counseling in federally funded clinics.

Kerry has consistently voted against banning partial-birth abortions, the controversial procedures where the doctor completes the abortion after the birthing process begins.

When despite his best efforts, the ban on partial-birth abortions was recently signed into law by President Bush, the senator explained: “I don’t support the president’s law because it doesn’t allow the exception for situations where the health of the woman is at risk. I believe this is a dangerous effort to undermine a woman’s right to choose, which is a constitutional amendment I will always fight to protect.”

The no-quarter-on-abortion-rights Kerry even voted against requiring parental notification for minors’ abortions.

All this rigorous entrenchment on the issue has earned Kerry a 0 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights League consistently rates him at 100 percent.

Curiously, Kerry is a practicing Roman Catholic, and it takes no Canon Law scholar to know where Mother Church stands on the abortion issue.

There has been the inevitable backlash.

Prior to the Missouri primary, for instance, the archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond L. Burke, said that if Kerry stood in line for Communion, he would give a blessing but not serve the sacrament, which is the hallmark of the Catholic faith.

Meanwhile, other church leaders have gotten in on the act. The archbishop of Kerry’s own Boston diocese, Sean O’Malley, has urged Catholic elected officials to voluntarily eschew the sacrament, the theory being that a pro-abortion Catholic would not qualify as being in a sufficient state of Sanctifying Grace to be worthy of the sacrament.

Certainly not oblivious to how he rankles the Church hierarchy, Kerry defended his position recently with this conundrum: “What I believe personally as a Catholic as an article of faith is an article of faith.”

Kerry goes on to explain that in his view it is not “appropriate in the United States for a legislator to legislate personal religious beliefs for the rest of the country.”

The apparent Kerry mantra on the trying subject shakes out that he is


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Part 1: Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., likes to regale audiences with the anecdote about his rookie speech on the floor of the Senate in 1985. It was a tirade in defense of Roe v. Wade, which he says had come under assault by the Reagan administration....
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