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16 October 2004


Will Catholics defend life?


Dear Editor, 

Life and death are at stake in this election. 

President George Bush recognizes it is wrong for people to kill their unborn children, and has actively opposed such crimes against innocent life. [1,2]  Senator John Kerry also says that abortion is wrong, and that “life does begin at conception”.[3]  However, he consistently promotes “a woman’s right to choose”  a gruesome death for her child.  To justify this illogic, Kerry has said:

"I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist".[4]

This is an evil position which all should condemn.  The issue isn’t whether to force people to become Catholic; it is whether society has a solemn duty to protect the most basic rights of its members!  The first of these rights is Life, and unless it is protected no nation is secure.

We don’t care whether everyone agrees that rape and murder are intolerable crimes.  We resolutely prohibit them and punish those who commit them.   Anyone who thinks we dare not protect fundamental rights without unanimous public consent is dangerously unfit to hold high public office.  Kerry consistently has disqualified himself by refusing to defend the inalienable rights of the unborn. 

Naturally, the senator promotes research that kills unborn children in the quest for medical progress.  In his view, it’s acceptable to kill children if doing so may provide a better life to one more worthy.  This sort of thinking spawned the inhuman medical experiments conducted by the Third Reich. 

Kerry recently criticized President Bush’s restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, saying the president “is making the wrong choice to sacrifice science for extreme right-wing ideology”.[5]   In the Kerry Reich, Christians are branded extremists and the defenseless delivered up to laboratories, so that science may advance where it will without conscience or limit. 

Senator Kerry champions a Culture of Death.  Any Catholic who thinks he can legitimately support such a candidate either is ignorant of the faith or content to betray it.

Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, John Kerry’s own bishop, wrote, “I have not said for whom I shall vote, but I will tell you for whom I will not vote. I will not vote for any politician who will promote abortion or the culture of death, no matter how appealing the rest of his or her program might be. They are wolves in sheep’s garments, the K.K.K. without the sheets, and sadly enough, they don’t even know it.”[6]




John Robin

[3] Washington Post, July 4, 2004. Kerry Says He Believes Life Starts at Conception