EDITORIALS

By Dave Andrusko

A Study in Contrasts

Remember the old Wrigley's Doublemint Gum "Double Your Pleasure" ads? John Kerry, the Abortion Establishment's newest bestest friend, apparently figured he could double the impact of his fawning tribute to Planned Parenthood's Gloria Feldt and NARAL's Kate Michelman by running a pro-abortion ad in the same time frame as the April 25 "March for Women's Lives."

The following is the script of Kerry's 30-second "Choice" ad:

ANNOUNCER: The Supreme Court is just one vote away from outlawing a woman's right to choose. George Bush will appoint anti-choice, anti-privacy justices. But you can stop him. Help elect John Kerry and join the fight to protect our right to choose. Contribute now at JoinJohnKerry.com. Call or log on now.

(On screen: JoinJohnKerry.com; call 1-800-523-5293)

JOHN KERRY: I promise to take the fight to George Bush every single day. I'm John Kerry, and I approved this message.

ANNOUNCER: Log on, call, contribute for a new direction.

Coincidentally, I had read the script and actually saw the ad on the National Journal website just before a friend e-mailed to tell me about a very encouraging story in the May issue of Redbook magazine, to which I shall turn in a second.

Kerry's campaign arranged his appearance with Feldt and Michelman and kindred souls two days prior to the march (see story, page one). Taken in conjunction with the ad, it tells us two things.

First, he is quite willing to boldly advertise his cozy relationship with the Abortion Movement. What Kerry did "amounted to an unapologetic line in the sand," to borrow the description the New York Times gave when reporting on pro-life Vice President Richard Cheney's speech to the April 20 NRL Educational Trust Fund's Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner. (See story, page 1.)

In each instance, the rival campaigns for President were demonstrating their allegiances, not only to the pro- and anti-life movements, but also to the entire world.

Second, Kerry's behavior also makes it clear that he is a willing participant in the Big Lie perpetrated by the pro-abortion movement. The current pro-Roe majority is 6-3, not 5-4.

Let's turn to "The True Story of a Teen Mom." Written by Lu Hanessian, it appears on page 124 of the May Redbook, amid a sea of semi-sleazy stories that dominate so many women's magazines today. The subhead is instructive: "Think a young mother's life always heads downhill? Rachael Gordon, who gave birth at 14, proves the answer is 'no way' - - and offers hope to others struggling to succeed."

Hanessian's story is not a polly-annaish tale. She does not glorify unwed teen parenthood. We learn in considerable detail the many obstacles Rachael, as a single mom, had to overcome. But it is a tribute to her indomitable spirit and an object lesson in the overwhelming importance of offering a helping hand.

We learn that from the moment of her son Felix's birth, "rather than marvel at his tiny hands and wide brown eyes, Rachael wasn't sure how she felt. 'All I could think was that this person was 100 percent dependent on me,' she recalls."

When her 17-year-old boyfriend abandoned her, it was her mother's support and her own steely determination to "prove everyone wrong" that made it possible for Rachael to succeed. Later, at her lowest point, two acts of generosity provided her with that little extra she needed to finish her college education.

In some ways the most important lesson in Rachael's story comes at the very end. "By telling her story, Rachael hopes to help other young mothers - - and the public at large - - realize that teen moms can succeed. All they need is a little encouragement and a lot fewer judgments."

Contrast her courage and her steadfast loyalty to her baby with John Kerry's abortion-at-first-and-every-resort. Rachael and Felix and Rachael's husband prove that in a crisis pregnancy, there IS "a better way" than taking the child's life.

Too bad John Kerry is too busy butterering up the Abortion Establishment to realize that.

Dave Andrusko can be reached at dandrusko@nrlc.org.