Most pro-lifers are familiar with the names Martin Haskell, George Tiller, and Warren Hern. These three abortionists specialize in committing partial-birth abortions, often on babies past six months gestation. It should come as no surprise that these three have given thousands of dollars to fund John Kerry’s presidential election campaign.
Notorious Abortionists Support Kerry
The Kerry campaign’s apparent willingness to accept this “blood money” sheds a great deal of light on the Democratic presidential nominee’s real beliefs about abortion, despite Kerry’s repeated efforts to nuance his so-called “pro-choice” position.
This past July, Kerry told a Dubuque, IA newspaper, “I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.” Kerry’s subterfuge certainly hasn’t fooled the likes of Haskell, Tiller, and Hern. They know that Kerry fully intends to make good on his promise to appoint only Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade and strike down any legal challenge to abortion-on-demand.
NARAL Pro-Choice America president Kate Michelman remarked earlier this year, “Even on the most difficult issues, we’ve hever had to worry about John Kerry’s position.” It’s no surprise, then, that Kerry has received significant financial support from three of the most notorious abortionists in the country.
Cloning = “Nuclear Transfer”?
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISCCR) no longer wants cloning to be called “cloning.” ISCCR president Leonard Zon recently wrote, “The negative connotation of the commercial term ‘therapeutic cloning’ make[s] a change in terminology necessary. ‘Nuclear transfer’ should be used instead of ‘therapeutic cloning.'”
Most revealing, however, was Zon’s next comment:
If we use these terms consistently, the public, journals, newspapers and magazines will follow our lead and use adequate terminology.
There you have it. Yet another purportedly reputable scientific organization is attempting to change the cultural landscape by saying it is improper to call a spade a spade.
David Stevens, M. D., of the Christian Medical Association responded,
When scientists want to do something the public abhors, they simply change the terminology. They either deploy a euphemism or use technical jargon that nobody understands.
In his novel 1984, pro-life author George Orwell had a name for such tactics: “newspeak.” Call it what you will, cloning is still cloning, and it still results in the creation of human persons at their earliest stage of development for the purpose of destroying them to harvest their stem cells.
New Hope for Terri Schiavo
Since the Florida Supreme Court struck down the law that allowed Governor Jeb Bush to order that Terri Schiavo be kept alive, Terri’s parents have tried a new legal approach. Bob & Mary Schindler’s new attorney, David Gibbs, a specialist in religious liberties cases, cited recent comments by Pope John Paul II with which he says Terri, a pro-life Catholic, would agree.
George Felos, Michael Schiavo’s attorney, remarked, “It’s not necessary for this court to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin,” a cynical swipe implying that the Catholic Church’s teachings are an unwelcome vestige from the Middle Ages and have no place in an “enlightened,” post-Christian world.
In March of this year, the Pope reiterated the Catholic position that removing a feeding tube from a disabled patient is wrong and constitutes “euthanasia by omission.” He went on to say, “In particular, I want to emphasize that the administration of water and food . . . always represents a natural means of preservation of life, not a medical treatment.”