Magazine article The American Enterprise

No-Character Kerry

Magazine article The American Enterprise

No-Character Kerry

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Democratic candidate John Kerry turned heads on July 4 while speaking with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald in Iowa. He said, "I oppose abortion personally. 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." Although at first glance one might expect such a statement to be slightly unsettling to feminists and liberals, it has been surprisingly well received by his party and organizations representing his base, such as Planned Parenthood. But should they worry?

Is Kerry's statement, "I believe life begins at conception" really an "article of faith?" If Kerry had instead said, "I believe abortion is a sin," the statement would indeed reflect a personal religious belief. But he didn't say that. He made a factual statement about when life begin--a judgment on the ethics of abortion. …

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