Kerry’s astounding
abortion positions

By Les Kinsolving

“I oppose abortion personally,” declared the Democratic Party’s virtual nominee John Kerry, to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald in Iowa. “I don’t like abortion. I believe life begins at conception.”

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.”

The term “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution of the United States.

What does appear in the First Amendment is the prohibition of any state church such as the Church of England – in the amendment direction “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

But there is a most important addition: “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Sen. Kerry is therefore fully within his rights to announce (as both a U.S. senator and candidate for the presidency) his belief that “life does begin at conception.”

Many of us, his fellow Americans, will disagree with that statement – if he means that at the instant of conception there is a human being.

For a fertilized egg is invisible to the naked eye – and it is difficult to imagine a national ruling that there are invisible citizens.

Does the senator believe that being a full human being (with conception days to replace birth days, and death certificates for all spontaneous abortions or miscarriages) the fertilized egg is a human being at conception merely because it is alive?

Well then, are not sperms and eggs also life because they are (1) human (2) alive and (3) able to move?

If Sen. Kerry believes those fertilized eggs are in fact human beings, how can he possibly vote to allow these innocent human beings to be murdered in the womb?

Or, infinitely more grotesquely, would Sen. Kerry support legislation to provide a new form of capital punishment – in which the condemned person would be strapped to a table, while a surgeon cut open the back of his or her head, inserted a hose, and sucked out all of the brains?

That is what is done in partial-birth abortion, which almost all Catholics as well as most Protestants and Jews oppose, strongly.

But Sen. Kerry, in his voting, imposes this horror of semi-infanticide, which so appalls most Catholics, Protestants and Jews.

And he legislates this horror upon the United States, just as his votes against laws and amendments to support traditional marriage further damage the strong beliefs of so many Catholics, Protestants and Jews.

If Sen. Kerry really believes that life beings at conception, and that same-sex marriage is wrong, why does this man so violate his faith in the way he votes?

Attorney William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued the following comment on candidate Kerry’s life-begins-at-conception statement:

“It is morally outrageous and ethically indefensible for Senator Kerry to publicly acknowledge that life begins at conception, and then state that he is prepared to do absolutely nothing to safeguard innocent human life at every stage of development. He cannot have it both ways; if life begins at conception, then the newly formed human being is entitled to the full panoply of rights afforded all Americans. The time has come for Senator Kerry to follow the logic of his biological observation and rethink his position on abortion. In any event, this is one issue he cannot flip-flop on without crashing.”