the right to destroy life at conception

“I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.” John Kerry, Dubuque, IA

This is a major Kerry policy revision… or is it?

Flip. Flop.

The comments came as a surprise also to Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, who told the Washington Post she couldn't recall Kerry having discussed when life begins at any point in the campaign.

"He's pro-choice and believes that abortion should be safe, legal and rare," Cutter added.
John Kerry, Dubuque, IA

Kerry has maintained that he was pro-abortion until this weekend, when he apparently decided that in order to woo rural voters he needed to nuance his position.

Looking at the red areas from the 2000 election it's clear that democrats have a lot less support in rural areas. Kerry seems to have made a decision to try and win them back. Admirable, but as another presidential contender once said, "A zebra does not change it's spots." One wonders if the Kerry Campaign approved these statements before Kerry made them and whether Kerry thinks that rural voters are too dumb to understand the contradiction between what he says he believes and what he actually fights for.

Just this past April Kerry spoke at a pro-abortion rally:

"We are going to have a change of leadership in this country to protect the right of choice,"

The pro-abortion endorsement Kerry received at this rally was expressed by the group's President:

..."We have a moral obligation to the women of America," said the group's president, Gloria Feldt. "Make no mistake about it -- there is a war on choice, and it is a war we must win and we can win."

Feldt described Kerry as a strong supporter of global women's rights and said he "understands women's very humanity is determined by our ability to control our own reproductive destiny."

Your very humanity depends on being able to kill a child in your womb?

But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist . . . who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."

...a database search of newspaper stories failed to find any previous reference to him saying that he believed life began at conception. A campaign spokeswoman said she also was unaware of him making the comment previously.

Does Kerry really believe that life begins at conception? As a catholic politician Kerry voted no on a ban on partial birth abortion, which by definition, is performed late in the pregnancy. Surely, if life begins at conception, then partial birth abortions are performed on a fully human child in the last trimester of pregnancy. Is this the kind of committment to core beliefs Kerry would exhibit as President? It makes on wonder about Kerry's committment to other issues as well, like Iraq.

Kerry also picked another pro-abortion Senator as his veep.

Kerry's present position on abortion seems to be defined as "the right to destroy life at conception."

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 6, 2004 12:48 PM