John Kerry Attempts to Cover Up Pro-Abortion Position in Iowa Interview

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 5, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John Kerry Attempts to Cover Up Pro-Abortion Position in Iowa Interview

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 5, 2004

Dubuque, IA ( — In an interview with reporters over the weekend, John Kerry attempted to cover up his pro-abortion position and minimize the damage it causes with voters in the Midwest, who are more likely to be pro-life.

While campaigning with Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a possible running mate, Kerry told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception."

The surprising remarks don’t match Kerry’s record and consistent rhetoric in favor of abortion.

As a member of the Senate, Kerry has compiled only a 2% pro-life voting record since 1984, according to the National Right to Life Committee. Kerry has voted against every piece of pro-life legislation in the Senate recently, including the partial-birth abortion ban, and Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and he supported a measure endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision that struck down laws banning abortions.

The comments came as a surprise also to Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, who told the Washington Post she couldn’t recall Kerry having discussed when life begins at any point in the campaign.

"He’s pro-choice and believes that abortion should be safe, legal and rare," Cutter added.

At the same time Kerry tried to minimize his pro-abortion views, he also said he couldn’t legislate his alleged position against abortion.

"I can’t take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist," he continued in the interview with the Iowa newspaper. "We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."

A spokesman for the Bush campaign pointed to the contradiction in Kerry’s remarks and the disparity between his Iowa interview and numerous previous statements backing abortion.

"John Kerry’s ridiculous claim to hold conservative values and his willingness to change his beliefs to fit his audience betrays a startling lack of conviction on important issues like abortion that will make it difficult for voters to give him their trust," Steve Schmidt told the Post.

Kerry stopped at a Catholic church for worship during his Iowa campaign stop and, afterwards, many parishioners asked Kerry about his pro-abortion views, in particular his vote against partial-birth abortion.

Kerry told the churchgoers that he would have supported the ban had it contained a health exception. However, many leading doctors and medical groups say that a health exception is not needed and that such abortions are normally performed on healthy mothers and healthy babies.

Should he be selected as the nominee for Vice President, Governor Vilsack won’t help Kerry make inroads with pro-life voters.

Vilsack upset the pro-life community when he voted legislation that would have required abortion businesses to provide women with factual information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to performing one.

Women who regret their abortions frequently say that abortion practitioners did not provide them adequate information beforehand that may have prompted them to change their mind about the abortion.