I nearly choked when I heard a Kedwards reference to Bob Casey at a stump event earlier in the week (I think it was this week…it’s all kinda a blur at this point). A friend passes on Bob Casey’s 1995 speech at Notre Dame, worth reading, especially as Kerry apparently is about to present his much-talked-about “faith speech.” A little of Casey:
The fundamental question posed is this: once a child has been conceived, what is the proper response of a good society – of America at her best? If pregnancy presents a challenge, do we as a society rise to the challenge by dispensing with the child? And when a pregnancy comes at a difficult time, what is the worthier response? Do we surround mother and child with protection and love, or do we hold out to her the cold comfort of a trip to an abortionist? Where is our true character as a nation to be seen – let’s ask ourselves this question: Where is our true character to be seen, in an adoptive home, or in an abortion clinic? Who are we? Who are we America? That question deserves an answer. And what woman is truly empowered, I ask you, the woman who takes life, or the woman who gives life?