Thursday, October 14, 2004

Kerry's Abortion Mistake

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It is is a mistake to suppose that the only support for an anti-abortion position must rest on religious premises. Senator John Kerry made this mistake last night during his third and final 'debate' with President Bush. Kerry said, correctly, that he cannot impose (I think he used the word 'transfer') his Catholic faith that abortion is wrong onto those who do not share his faith. The implication, of course, is that since (i) faith cannot be imposed, and since (ii) any opposition to abortion must proceed from faith-based assumptions, that therefore (iii) the pro-choice forces have nothing to fear from a Kerry presidency.

My argument against (ii) is presented here.