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Senator Kerry on Abortion


Below is an exchange from last Friday night’s presidential debate between Senator John Kerry and President George Bush. In the exchange we have a statement from the moderator, a question from a citizen, and the beginning portion of Kerry’s response to the question:

GIBSON: Going to go to the final two questions now, and the first one will be for Senator Kerry. And this comes from Sarah Degenhart.

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: 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.


Actually, there is more reason to respect those who take the position that a fetus is not human, than the position stated by Senator Kerry and his ilk, as related in the quote.

Though Kerry and others hesitate to come right out and say they believe an unborn child is a human being, his reference to his Catholic faith indicates just that. Our society has always accepted that the willing premeditated taking of human life is murder… and has always legislated against murder.

So, what Kerry is really saying is that while he believes that abortion is murder, he can’t pass a law banning murder because other people do not think that murder is murder.

We are living in a society that has disregarded the sanctity of life. Many politicians are more concerned about being elected than they are about unborn children. As with all societies which depart from God’s will, there is a need for our country to repent, lest judgment comes from the Almighty. May God have mercy on our nation.