Senator Kerry gave a typically long and convoluted answer (if you could describe it as such.
Isn't it interesting that immediately upon being challenged on abortion Kerry feels compelled to defend his credibility as a Catholic? -- I suspect that Ms. Degenhart probably wasn't the slightest bit interested in the fact that Kerry was an alter boy.
We've already been over this so many times already (Weigel Weighs In", April 2004). The Church's moral teaching on abortion is not a religious article of faith -- it appeals to the basic scientific, biological fact that an unborn life is a human life, and to the natural law which it proposes is available by reason to all citizens, independent of divine revelation, that human beings simply have no right to murder the most weak and innocent among us, for any reason.
This statement not only flies in the face of Senator Kerry's vocal support of abortion rights at every possible opportunity, it is blatantly contradicted by his vehement opposition to President Bush's funding of abstinence programs and crisis pregnancy centers, which in fact make a point to counsel pregnant mothers that there are other choices and options available besides abortion.
That is to say, Kerry defends a mother's "constitutional right" to kill her offspring, even at the cost of funding such with taxpayer dollars of those who find the practice morally abhorrent.
Isn't it great when you expess your religious opposition to abortion during a Q&A session and the self-proclaimed "Catholic alter boy" candidate refers to your moral stance as a "rigid ideological restriction"?
To summarize: Sarah Degenhart voices her moral opposition to having her taxpayer dollars fund abortion, and Senator Kerry expresses his "respect" for her position by convincing her that it would be "morally responsible" of her to take the opposite position by supporting the murder of "unwanted children."
It's no wonder that President Bush responded to Kerry's remark: "I'm still trying to decipher that."
Here is President Bush's response to Ms. Degenhart:
Was that so difficult?
[Crosspost to CatholicKerryWatch].