Kerry Will Hold Pro-Abortion Rally Prior to Sunday’s Abortion March

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 23, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kerry Will Hold Pro-Abortion Rally Prior to Sunday’s Abortion March

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 23, 2004

Washington, DC ( — Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry will further solidify his pro-abortion credentials with a rally in support of abortion today. The event comes just before Sunday’s pro-abortion march that organizers hope will draw one million people.

While abortion advocates are concerned about two pieces of legislation that Bush has signed — the ban on partial-birth abortions and a bill to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from violence — Kerry is drawing their attention to the likely Supreme Court appointments that will be made during the next four years.

"If you need any motivation let me give you three little words — the Supreme Court," Kerry now says in his stump speech. Kerry also warns that possible Supreme Court openings "jeopardize the right to an abortion."

Kerry’s participation at the rally drew opposition from pro-life advocates.

"Imagine, just a few short days after meeting with Cardinal McCarrick and trumpeting the fact that he’s a Catholic ‘in good standing’ who received the Eucharist at Easter, he’s now a major
speaker at the largest gathering of abortion activists this year," says Deal Hudson, editor of Crisis Magazine.

"Bill Clinton, certainly no friend to the pro-life cause, never once addressed an abortion rally in all his years as president. If Clinton wouldn’t even attend these events, what does it say that Kerry will," Hudson added.

During the rally, Kerry is expected to contrast his pro-abortion position with Bush’s pro-life perspective.

Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt said that Kerry is not expected to attend the march on Sunday.

The next president will likely make two or three appointments to the Supreme Court, which could possibly change the balance of the high court that currently favors Roe v. Wade 6-3.

Pro-life advocates agree that the Supreme Court is a crucial issue for pro-life voters in the 2004 presidential election.

Should Kerry win, and appoint pro-abortion justices, abortion’s legality could be set in stone for decades. On the other hand, a second Bush presidency could give pro-life supporters their first legitimate chance to overturn the landmark abortion decision since the 1992 Casey decision. Then, the Supreme Court upheld pro-life legislation but reaffirmed the central tenets of Roe v. Wade.