John Kerry has observed the political winds and announced that “I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.”
Kerry went on to stake out a weak “separation of church and state” argument to explain his voting stance, which is the cardinal opposite of his “personal” belief as stated yesterday.
I think Kerry’s statement underscores the obvious tatters that this morally bankrupt “women’s rights” issue is in today. Its horrific true nature is known, and even its most strident advocates at what used to be called the National Abortion Rights Action League have concluded it was necessary to change the group’s name to its acronym plus a euphemism (“NARAL Pro-Choice America”) in order to avoid direct association to abortion.
With is telling name change, however, NARAL only blurred the issue. Kerry has outright ceded the moral high ground to the pro-life side. Or perhaps, to his mind, he hasn’t ? in which case he is placing a misquoted phrase from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association on a higher moral plane than what he would personally describe as murder. Even so, it’s certainly not the position NARAL et al. would prefer to defend, for obvious reasons.