Monday, October 11, 2004

Kerry Disconnect

In the debate on October 8, 2004, John Kerry was asked this question:

DEGENHART: Senator Kerry, suppose you are speaking with a voter who believed abortion is murder and the voter asked for reassurance that his or her tax dollars would not go to support abortion, what would you say to that person?

Kerry then answered the question this way. Examine in his answer whether he actually answers the question and then try to figure out what he is telling this person and indirectly you and me.

KERRY: I would say to that person exactly what I will say to you right now.

First of all, I cannot tell you how deeply I respect the belief about life and when it begins. I'm a Catholic, raised a Catholic. I was an altar boy. Religion has been a huge part of my life. It helped lead me through a war, leads me today.

But I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can't do that.

But I can counsel people. I can talk reasonably about life and about responsibility. I can talk to people, as my wife Teresa does, about making other choices, and about abstinence, and about all these other things that we ought to do as a responsible society.

KERRY: But as a president, I have to represent all the people in the nation. And I have to make that judgment.

Now, I believe that you can take that position and not be pro- abortion, but you have to afford people their constitutional rights. And that means being smart about allowing people to be fully educated, to know what their options are in life, and making certain that you don't deny a poor person the right to be able to have whatever the constitution affords them if they can't afford it otherwise.

That's why I think it's important. That's why I think it's important for the United States, for instance, not to have this rigid ideological restriction on helping families around the world to be able to make a smart decision about family planning.

You'll help prevent AIDS.

KERRY: You'll help prevent unwanted children, unwanted pregnancies.

You'll actually do a better job, I think, of passing on the moral responsibility that is expressed in your question. And I truly respect it.

Go back and read it again.

John Kerry does not have a clue on life. First of all it is not a matter of one's religion whether one appreciates the right of every person to live. I know many people who espouse no formal religion who hold that every person has the right to life, including unborn children.

Second, it is not a tenet of the Catholic faith to believe that and unborn child is a human being. That is a matter of science and biology. The Catholic faith recognizes the scientific medical evidence that acknowledges that the unborn child is a part of the human community, but then again so does Judaism, Islam, and every other religion that uses reason to acknowledge the world.

Recognizing the unborn child as a human being does not require faith; it requires an honest intellect. It demands that the person examine the scientific evidence and come to the obvious conclusion that this entity, conceived in the womb of a human being as a result of the union of a sex cell from a male and female human being and containing all the genetic material of a human being, is and always will be, so long as he or she will live, a human being.

Didn't John Kerry take biology back in high school?
Didn't he take it at Yale?
Obviously he is not stupid.
No, he is not. He knows it is a human being. He knows that abortion kills the unborn child. He thinks it is perfectly fine for people to commit abortions upon women and children. He supports planned parenthood, the largest purveyor of abortion in the world. He wants the government to pay for them and he thinks that your tax dollars should be used to pay groups like Planned Parenthood to kill babies.

And not just in this country. No, he wants to send our tax dollars overseas to pay for abortions in other countries.

John Kerry wants to make the issue of opposing abortion a religious issue. He wants to divide people by using religion as a way to separate the way people think about this issue.

But abortion is not a religious issue. It is a HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. It is a CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. It is a LIFE and DEATH issue. It is a MORAL ISSUE. But it has nothing to do with religion or faith, except to the extent that religion of faith guide one's moral determinations.

Nat Hentoff, the columnist for the Village Voice, is an atheist. He is anti-abortion. Explain to Nat that it is a matter of "faith" and he will tell you that you are clueless.

How does John Kerry explain that the Constitution is about respecting human rights and protecting the right to life of persons - of human beings - not giving another person the right to kill the child in the womb?

How does John Kerry explain the Declaration of Independence which acknowledges that this right to life comes not from the government but from the Creator (otherwise known in most circles as God).

How does he - a lawyer - explain where in the constitution is the right to abort one's child?

Kerry claims that in order to represent the people he has to be "pro-choice." So let me get this straight. According to John Kerry, person must support a person's "right to choose" because he or she holds public office and represent the people. So according to Kerry, the politician can support segregation, or slavery, or drug use, or prostitution, or polygamy, or whatever, because these people are merely exercising their right to choose and the political office holder has no business making a moral judgment on any of these actions.

And he wants to be president.

Well, let me just add that he did answer the question in a round about way. He wants to spend tax dollars to kill the unborn babies of the poor. He wants to do that not only in this country but around the world. He is in favor of partial birth abortion. And voted against making it illegal. He voted against any law to limit access to abortion or to require parental notice prior to a minor having an abortion.

If the time was just prior to the Civil War, John Kerry would probably have been pro-choice on slavery. He would have voted in favor of the Fugitive Slave Act. He would have supported the Dred Scott decision. He would have opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution. He would have been pro-choice regarding the Ku Klux Klan, claiming that they have a right to choose. It sounds extreme.

But then again so is John Kerry.


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