Kerry Wins Democratic Nomination, Will Promote Abortion as President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 3, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kerry Wins Democratic Nomination, Will Promote Abortion as President

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 3, 2004

Washington, DC ( — After a multi-state primary on Tuesday, Massachusetts senator John Kerry put the icing on the cake in the contest to obtain the Democratic nomination for president. Should he defeat President Bush in November, Kerry says the first thing he will do as president is overturn a pro-life foreign policy that prevents taxpayer funding of abortions overseas.

Kerry won nine out of the ten states that were up for grabs on Tuesday and pro-abortion Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, Kerry’s main opponent, said he will officially leave the race on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in their last debate, prior to Tuesday’s primary, Kerry said his first action as president will be to overturn Bush’s Mexico City Policy.

First instituted by President Reagan in 1984, the pro-life foreign policy prevents taxpayer money from going to groups that promote or perform abortions in other countries. On his first day in office, President Bush reinstated the policy after former president Bill Clinton had canceled it during his eight years in office.

Pro-life leaders say Bush deserves to be re-elected because of his strong pro-life record and that the stark contrast between Bush’s pro-life views and Kerry’s support for abortion will motivate pr-life advocates to turn out at the polls in November.

Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention, says George Bush has been "the most pro-life and pro-family president in my lifetime."

"Right now, the president is poised to have a very strong voter turnout among Southern Baptists and other evangelicals this November," Land told Newshouse News Service.

Meanwhile, Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, said that pro-life advocates won’t let Kerry win and topple the pro-life gains that have been made under the Bush administration.

"We will identify who are our strongest supporters and contact them by phone and by mail and door-to-door to turn them out in record numbers," Reed told NNS.

A national poll shows Bush’s pro-life views will give him an advantage over Kerry. A poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that President Bush gains a four-point advantage on the abortion issue.

But abortion advocates are motivated to remove Bush from office and NARAL has launched an effort to raise $25 million to defeat him.

"In addition to their clear drive to criminalize abortion, there has been no opportunity of which I’m aware that they have not taken to restrict women’s rights and to oppose reproductive freedom," Gloria Steinem, a leading abortion advocate, said in a recent interview.
Meanwhile, NARAL’s Kate Michelman vouches for Kerry’s pro-abortion background.

"Even on the most difficult issues, we’ve never had to worry about John Kerry’s position," Michelman said.