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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Another Favorite Debate Moment 

I really loved Kerry's answer to the abortion question. I thought it pure genius. Of course this may be because I practically wrote the answer for him:
Kerry said:

But I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can't do that.

I wrote:

A woman’s uterus does not belong to the government. Therefore, it is not the government’s right to force a woman to incubate a fetus for nine months if she chooses not to.

Kerry said:

But I can counsel people. I can talk reasonably about life and about responsibility. I can talk to people, as my wife Teresa does, about making other choices, and about abstinence, and about all these other things that we ought to do as a responsible society.

I wrote:

None of us would ever council a woman who had asked our advice that she should casually have an abortion when options like adoption and foster care exist in the world. At least for myself, not unless there were extreme circumstances such as rape or danger to her life involved.

Kerry said:

Now, I believe that you can take that position and not be pro-abortion, but you have to afford people their constitutional rights.

I wrote:

First, I would like to let them know that I too am pro-life. As I understand his position, John Kerry is also pro-life. All of us - he, I and those who protested him - believe that the moment when life begins is ultimately at conception. And all of us believe that to indifferently abort that life prematurely is a morally objectionable decision.

Bush's response:

I'm trying to decipher that.

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