Friday, October 29, 2004

Kerry's 'conscience'

In "Abortion: the swing issue?," Paul Kengor, author of God and George W. Bush, lays out the differences between Bush and Kerry on abortion.

He gives a rundown on the Bush record on abortion, including some facts I could have guessed but didn't know.

Then he compares Kerry's adamantly pro-abortion position--pointing out that Kerry says he is guided by his faith on poverty, the environment and "equality and justice," but not on abortion.

And then he drops a little gem from Kerry that I had never heard:
"Consequently, abortions should not have to be performed in tightly guarded clinics on the edge of town [, he told the Senate in 1994]; they should be performed and obtained in the same locations as any other medical procedure...."
If you read the code words, you have Kerry promising an assault on the conscience clause, which means that medical providers who object to abortion may yet be forced to perform it. Recently Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman was on the same track when she launched a broadside against applying conscience clauses to hospitals, including Catholic hospitals. She complaining about a House measure to protect medical workers from being required to perform or refer for abortions. Naturally, Goodman is outraged, because for her it is incomprehensible that anyone would object to killing a child before birth.

But Kerry looks smarmily at the camera and says, "I repect your belief. Look. I was an altar boy. . . , but . . . ."

But the abortion lobby has a stranglehold on the Democratic Party and has been systematically chasing pro-lifers from its ranks. Pro-life candidates cannot even get a hearing on a national level in the Democratic Party.

Until 9/11 abortion was the defining issue of our time. Since 9/11, national security has risen to the top in urgency, but the abortion wound festers--an issue as fundamental to who and what we are as a nation as slavery was. The slavery issue was finally resolved by a long and bloody war. The Leftists' anti-Bush animus may be, I believe, more about abortion than war, since Clinton's wars never bothered anybody, but Bush has made real inroads against abortion.

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