Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Former Student of Prof. Kmiec Speaks Out ...

... at Catholic Online:

... In a speech to Planned Parenthood in 2007, Obama made his position on abortion very clear: “On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield.”

We are told that Obama is a man of goodwill on this issue, that he is open to argument, but he has already told us what the result of talking to him will be, nothing, for he will not yield. We also must not yield to the likes of Obama.

We are told by our fellow Catholics that the pro-choice position is more in keeping with subsidiarity; that there can be compromise on the absolute right to life; that we, in cooperation with Obama, can encourage the use of contraception to reduce abortions; that we should be more pragmatic, that overturning Roe v. Wade will not stop abortion; that we should not be so divisive on this issue (as if we are the villains); that we must consider the Iraq War and fuel-efficient cars; that being pro-choice is not really being pro-abortion; that McCain is so terrible on every single other issue that we can impute to him, without the danger of calumny, a hate of the environment, the poor, the immigrant, the worker and a desire to foment racism against Obama.

This line of reasoning shows severe misunderstandings regarding the nature of abortion—that it is murder. Proposing that the pro-choice position is more in keeping with subsidiarity is ridiculous. Subsidiarity is based on the respect of the human person and his ability to make decisions regarding his own life. Being pro-choice is believing that there are some individuals who have no right to respect of their person. Such reasoning is the height of absurdity.

Some argue that overturning Roe v. Wade will not save a single life; however, it cannot be doubted that such a legal decision will help to end abortions. Any argument to the contrary is disingenuous. Without the constitutional protection of abortion as a right, we will be free to pass laws to outlaw it.

So long as Roe v. Wade remains in place, no amount of heart-changing will allow us to outlaw abortion...

More on the author of this piece:

Gunnar Gundersen graduated number one in the Class of 2007 from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he studied Constitutional Law under Professor Douglas W. Kmiec. He is also a former law clerk of Judge O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Prof. Kmiec Shifts the Goalposts

Kmiec's "Bridge Too Far"? Obama's Attacks on Justice Thomas

Without Further Ado: Doug Kmiec on McCain v. Obama at Saddleback [UPDATED]

Paging Prof. Kmiec ...

Doug Kmiec Claims Democrats Making "Steps Toward Honoring Life" in Platform

Prof. Garnett Takes on Prof. Kmiec ... Again

Casey Jr. to Get Prime-Time Slot in Denver to Appease Catholics [UPDATED]

Fr. Neuhaus Responds to Doug Kmiec

Deal Hudson's Open Letter to Doug Kmiec

National Catholic Register on Catholics, Kmiec, and Obama

Prof. Hadley Arkes: "Political Distraction Among the Catholics"

Doug Kmiec - What He Said Then vs. What He Says Now Re: Constitutional Jurisprudence

What is the "Pro-Life Position" Regarding Abortion?


Unrequited Love

Doug Kmiec: "After Meeting with Barack" [UPDATED]

Cranky Conservative: "But At Least He Says It with a Smile"

Doug Kmiec Again Places Platitudes Above Policy [UPDATED]

Prof. Bainbridge on "Obama, Abortion, & Catholics"

Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Latest Nonsense

Deacon Keith Fournier: "Why I Disagree with Doug Kmiec, Once Again"

Give It a Rest Already, Prof. Kmiec!

Deacon Keith Fournier: "No More ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, Time for a New Catholic Action"

Doug Kmiec's Newfound Celebrity Status Among Those on the Left

Doug Kmiec Soon To Be Sorely Disappointed

E.J. Dionne on Kmiec Being Denied Communion [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on Prof. Kmiec and Blurring the Lines Between "Pro-Choice" and Pro-Abortion

Did Doug Kmiec Just Now Catch On That Obama and NARAL Are Politically Conjoined? [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on "How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question"

Kmiec's Dishonesty [UPDATED]

Catholic Teaching and Political Risk Taking: When Credit Isn't Given Where Credit is Due [UPDATED]

Kmiec's Wishful Thinking on Obama and Abortion

The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]

So-Called "Catholic Reaganite" Doug Kmiec Endorses Obama [UPDATED]

"No'bama for Me, Thanks"Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?

Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"

Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"

"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"

Catholics at the Ballot Box

How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain

Why Does Kmiec Criticize McCain for Positions on Which He Gave Romney a Pass?

Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"

Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"

Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"

Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"

"Sorry, Doug Kmiec, But This Catholic Isn't Buying Obama"

Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]

Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"

Obama "Post-Partisan"? Ask John Roberts

Obama and the "Pragmatic Center"

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