The presidential election of 2004 may be just as close as the presidential election of 2000. Once again, the outcome could be determined by a handful of votes in a single state.
Yet, the stakes in this election are enormous. While the vote margin between President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry may turn out to be small, the differences in where they intend to take the country are vast.
Kerry is the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. But he has labored in this campaign–and especially at the Democratic National Convention in Boston–to hide his true beliefs and obscure his record.
In “The Case Against Kerry,” HUMAN EVENTS sets the record straight, unmasking the plain truth of what John Kerry has done in two decades in the U.S. Senate.
Pro-lifers need not look far to find conclusive evidence that John Kerry would be the most extreme pro-abortion President America has ever had. The pro-abortion movement is loudly proclaiming it.
Speaking at an April 23, 2004 Kerry for President rally, then-NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman (who now heads the Democratic National Committee’s so-called “Campaign to Save the Court”) defined the campaign through the eyes of the pro-abortion movement. “There has never, not in my life, not in NARAL Pro-Choice America’s life, never, never been a more important presidential election for the women of this nation and the women of the world,” said Michelman. “We have never, ever before in our nation’s history had a President whose attitudes toward women are more wrongheaded and more dangerous than those of our current President, George W. Bush. Nor has there been any leader in America today more courageous, more compassionate, more caring, whose beliefs about women are more progressive, thoughtful, and more forward-looking than our next President, John Kerry.”
At the rally, Michelman made Kerry a pledge. “We’re going to spread the word on doorsteps and in cyberspace, on television and over the telephone, over the airwaves and at the grassroots,” she said, “and, John, here’s a guaranteed result for your plan to restore America’s economy, we’re going to wear out so many pro-choice leather soles in so many pro-choice shoes, that come November, our national shoe leather industry will be in the throes of an historic boom. We’re going to march all over this country. We will not rest, and I will not rest. Nothing is more important to NARAL Pro-Choice America, nothing is more important to me, between now and November, than seeing John Kerry place his hand on George Washington’s Bible next January, and swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”
Michelman’s confidence in Kerry’s commitment to the pro-abortion cause is amply born out by Kerry’s record. His votes and statements indicate he has been a strong and consistent supporter of everything from keeping partial-birth abortion legal, to providing foreign aid to promote abortion, to pledging to filibuster pro-life judges.
|Roe v. Wade||FOR:Voted Yes on Harkin Amendment to S 3, Vote #48, 3/12/03, and to S 1692, Vote #337, 10/21/99 stating: ‘Roe v. Wade was an appropriate decision and secures an important constitutional right; and such decision should not be overturned.’|
|Partial Birth Abortion Ban||AGAINST:Voted No on S 3, Vote #402, 10/21/03; Voted No on S 1692, Vote #340, 10/21/99; Voted No on HR 1122, Vote #277, 9/18/98; Voted No on HR 1122, Vote #71, 5/20/97.|
|International Planned Parenthood Funding||FOR:Voted Yes on HJ RES 36, Vote #13, 2/25/97.|
|Evading Parental Notification Laws By Allowing Minors to be Taken Across State Lines For Abortions||FOR:Voted No on cloture for HR 3682, Vote #282, 9/22/98.|
|Federal Funding for Federal Employees’ Abortions||FOR:Voted Yes on tabling S 1282, Vote #197, 7/1/99; Voted No on DeWine Amendment, Vote #190, 7/22/97.|
|Abortion at U.S. Military Bases||FOR:Voted No on tabling amendment to S 2549, Vote #134, 6/20/00; Voted Yes on S 2514, Vote #160, 6/21/02; Voted No on S 1059, Vote #158, 5/26/99; Voted Yes on S 2057, Vote #176, 6/25/98; Voted Yes on S 936, Vote #167, 7/10/97.|
|Unborn Victims of Violence Act||AGAINST:Voted no on passage of HR 1997, ‘Lacie and Connor’s Law,’ Vote #63, 3/25/04.|
“I am prepared to filibuster, if necessary, any Supreme Court nominee who would turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose or the constitutional right to privacy.”
June 20, 2003
“As President, I will only appoint Supreme Court justices who will uphold a woman’s right to choose.”
March 8, 2003
“I cannot, however, support this bill [S. 46, Unborn Children’s Civil Rights Act of 1985] because it is based on the premise that the fetus is a living human being. This is a religious, not scientific belief, and as such, I cannot support any legislation which imposes any one religious view on all people.”
in a letter to a Massachusetts constituent,
as reported by the National
Right to Life Committee,
July 30, 1985
“[My first executive order would be to] Reverse the Mexico City policy on the gag rule [which stops U.S. foreign aid from going to organizations that promote abortion overseas] so that we take a responsible position globally on family planning.”
Feb. 26, 2004
“President Bush has signed legislation [the Partial Birth Abortion Ban] that takes a step backwards for women as his stealth agenda to roll back the right to choose is pushed forward.”
Nov. 3, 2003
“I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin 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 Dubuque Telegraph Herald
July 5, 2004
“The right to choose abortion is a fundamental right, based on each woman’s right to privacy. Neither the government nor any person has the right to infringe on that freedom.”
Congressional Record, S 453
Jan. 22, 1985
“We’re not going to let you turn back the clock. No overturning Row v. Wade. No packing the courts with justices hostile to choice. No denial of choice to poor women.”
rebuke to President Bush,
NARAL 30th Anniversary Banquet
Jan. 21, 2003
“We need to energize a new generation of citizens that care about freedom [to] stand up and make clear that we can’t go back….We will never let this right [to abortion on demand] be taken away.”
Press release on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Jan. 22, 2004