.- In a press release issued on Friday, Catholic League president William Donohue accused Senator John Kerry of floating on the abortion issue because he wants the Catholic vote.
Donohue made this comment in reference to Kerryâs recent television interview with ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings.
âSenator Kerry recently said he believes life begins at conception,â Donohue pointed out. âAccordingly, Peter Jennings asked, why isnât âeven a first-trimester abortion not murder?â
âBecause itâs not the form of life that takes personhood in the terms that we have judged it to be in the past. Itâs the beginning of life,â Kerry replied.
Donohue compared the distinction Kerry made between human life and personhood with the 1857 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized slavery. In that ruling, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote that members of âthe negro raceâ were ânot regarded as a portion of the people or citizens of the Government.â
The judge concluded: âIt is too plain for argument, that they have never been regarded as part of the people or citizens of the State.â
During the television interview, Kerry also said, âbeing pro-choice is not pro-abortion.â
This âdichotomy,â says Donohue, âis equally troublingâ and represents a âtortured logic on abortion.â
âVoters need to know exactly what it is about abortion that Kerry doesnât like,â said Donohue. âIn other words, why isnât he pro-abortion?
âKerry wants the Catholic vote,â he said.
Donohue also made reference to an AP article, which states that most Massachusetts delegates are Catholics, who describe themselves as ânon-practicing, lapsed, recovering and even unhappy.â