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Life, Stats & Election-Year Snow Jobs: An Atlanta ob-gyn on abortion, Kerry & the Catholic Church

Kathryn Jean Lopez

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"If Senator Kerry is elected he will assure that abortion remains legal in the U.S. for another generation," Dr. Kathleen M. Raviele, M.D., an ob-gyn based in Atlanta and treasurer of the Catholic Medical Association, tells National Review Online in an interview. The Kerry campaign, despite being endorsed by "NARAL Pro-Choice America" (they gave him a "pro-choice" voting score of 100%) is trying in these final weeks of a tight presidential campaign to sell its candidate as a principled Catholic candidate. One, who might even oppose abortion in his heart, his rhetoric suggests, but who would never impose such a view on Americans. Some wonder, however, how an individual who might believe life begins at conception (Kerry said as much in a primary-season interview), could consistently, for instance, vote against a ban on partial-birth abortion, a procedure the late liberal Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan (an abortion supporter) called "infanticide." Despite Kerry's 11th hour Hail-Mary pass to try to con Catholic swing voters, his consistent (no flip-flopping on this one) congressional record in support of abortion exists, and will take more than a well-finessed speech or two to erase. As President Bush might put it, he can run, but he can't hide his public record.

In talking to NRO, Dr. Raviele -- who is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, and on the board of Georgia Right to Life -- gets into the inexact science of abortion demography, the myth of the necessity of partial-birth abortion (one Kerry buys into), and more.

It's only a cursory look, but a deeper one than you'll likely get from your MSM (Mainstream Media) outlet of choice; it's you might want to share with your favorite swing voter.

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website.

Posted: 10/21/04



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