The pro-life Kennedy

What was missing in virtually all of the media tributes on the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver is that she was a pro-life activist. LifeNews gives the rest of the story:

Although other members of the Kennedy family abandoned their pro-life beliefs as their political stock rose, Eunice Kennedy Shriver never did. And for that, pro-life advocates are mourning the passing of the woman who founded Special Olympics.

Shriver died this morning [August 11] at the age of 88 surrounded by her family and she is survived by her husband Sargent Shriver, a former Vice Presidential nominee.

Together the Shrivers had five children and twenty-one grandchildren.

Shriver, a lifelong pro-life Democrat, was the sister of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Senator Edward Kennedy. . . .

Shriver was a mamber of the advisory committee of the Susan B. Anthony List, a women’s group dedicated to electing pro-life women to Congress.

In 1992, Eunice and Sargent Shriver joined Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey many other influential pro-life leaders in signing a full-page ad in the New York Times protesting the Democratic Party’s embrace of the pro-abortion agenda.

This raises again the question, as we thank God for the life and work of Mrs. Shriver, why are the Democratic party and liberals in general so wedded to being pro-abortion? Or, to use their language “pro-choice”? They aren’t particularly pro-choice or libertarian in other areas. They claim to be for the poor, the disadvantaged, the discriminated against, the little-guy. So how to explain their instance that the most vulnerable lives of all should have no protection and should be forfeit at the choice of the one who has power over them? How does that fit in with their professed ideology?

As Mrs. Shriver shows, it was not always this way with Democrats and political liberals. That it is today–with a few exceptions including some of the readers of this blog, whose pro-life convictions, however, have little influence in the Democratic party–shows why I cannot take seriously all of their altruistic rhetoric, including what we are hearing in the health care debate. A philosophy of medicine and health “care” that has no problem with abortion is not one that should be given the authority and the power to determine how medicine will be practiced for all Americans.

HT: Terry Mattingly. (Click the link for his coverage of the media treatments that left out Mrs. Shriver’s pro-life activism.)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    “why are the Democratic party and liberals in general so wedded to being pro-abortion?”

    Why would any political, medical, social, or religious organization, who refers to itself as “pro-choice,” for over thirty years promote, legislate, fund, and/or advocate the gruesome and genocidal slaughter of unborn children? Why would the mainstream media promote this demonic practice by referring to such traitorous and genocidal murderers by “pro-choice” and yet refer to self-described “pro-life” organizations as “anti-abortion”?

    In answering these questions it is valid to make comparisons of these abortionist organizations and their elected and appointer leaders to the German Nazi Party and their leaders, the Soviet Stalinists, and the current North Korean regime and its leader.

  • Carl Vehse

    “why are the Democratic party and liberals in general so wedded to being pro-abortion?”

    Why would any political, medical, social, or religious organization, who refers to itself as “pro-choice,” for over thirty years promote, legislate, fund, and/or advocate the gruesome and genocidal slaughter of unborn children? Why would the mainstream media promote this demonic practice by referring to such traitorous and genocidal murderers by “pro-choice” and yet refer to self-described “pro-life” organizations as “anti-abortion”?

    In answering these questions it is valid to make comparisons of these abortionist organizations and their elected and appointer leaders to the German Nazi Party and their leaders, the Soviet Stalinists, and the current North Korean regime and its leader.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Evidently the Democratic Party is not the same party it used to be. It has changed and we are all (well, not ALL, but only those of us allowed to be) the poorer (literally) for it.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Evidently the Democratic Party is not the same party it used to be. It has changed and we are all (well, not ALL, but only those of us allowed to be) the poorer (literally) for it.

  • Booklover

    Thank you for informing us that Eunice Shriver was pro-life. I had suspected it but never researched it. Anyone who founded such a wonderful program as the Special Olympics must have a heart of gold.

  • Booklover

    Thank you for informing us that Eunice Shriver was pro-life. I had suspected it but never researched it. Anyone who founded such a wonderful program as the Special Olympics must have a heart of gold.

  • DonS

    Well said, Dr. Veith!

  • DonS

    Well said, Dr. Veith!

  • Hal H.

    Carl, what are you thoughts about Rick Patino?

  • Hal H.

    Carl, what are you thoughts about Rick Patino?

  • Carl Vehse

    Who’s Rick Patino?

  • Carl Vehse

    Who’s Rick Patino?

  • Hal H.

    Sorry, it’s Pitino. Louisville basketball coach.

  • Hal H.

    Sorry, it’s Pitino. Louisville basketball coach.

  • Carl Vehse

    And…?

  • Carl Vehse

    And…?

  • Hal H

    He, a married man, had a one-night stand with a woman; she told him she was pregnant as a result and wanted an abortion but had no insurance. He gave her $3,000 to get it done. The university president won’t give him even a slap on the wrist, though his contract has a morals clause.
    “Nuremberg trials” for all concerned?

  • Hal H

    He, a married man, had a one-night stand with a woman; she told him she was pregnant as a result and wanted an abortion but had no insurance. He gave her $3,000 to get it done. The university president won’t give him even a slap on the wrist, though his contract has a morals clause.
    “Nuremberg trials” for all concerned?

  • Carl Vehse

    I found an article, Digging into the “morals clause” by Mollie Hemingway on the Get Religion blog site, in which Mollie asks, “If having sex with a random woman and giving her cash for insurance/abortion doesn’t trigger the clause, it makes one wonder what would trigger it.”

    How about getting drunk at a topless bar, like Mike Price did a few years ago when hired by Alabama, and was subsequently fired before coaching any games.

    However, committing adultery by having sex with a woman in a Louisville restaurant, paying the woman for murder-by-abortion, reporting to the FBI the woman’s attempt to extort money from him for which she is now on trial, being accused by the woman of raping her a few weeks after, but before she ended up marrying another Univeristy of Louisville coach… for all that Louisville University president James Ramsey apparently agrees with Pitino, despite the rather obvious language in the morals contract, that the whole thing was just an “indiscretion.”

    Of course there’s the $3.6 million bonus Pitino anticipated next year. One wonders if some or all of that was used as a bargaining chip in Pitino keeping his job.

    In any case, yes, Pitino should get a knock on the door from someone serving an arrest warrant on him, but probably after the Nurmeburg-style courts work their way down from the top with genocidal crimes against humanity trials for abortionist politicians, doctors, and lawyers. But those pro-abortion basketball coaches will have to answer to an authority for their actions someday.

  • Carl Vehse

    I found an article, Digging into the “morals clause” by Mollie Hemingway on the Get Religion blog site, in which Mollie asks, “If having sex with a random woman and giving her cash for insurance/abortion doesn’t trigger the clause, it makes one wonder what would trigger it.”

    How about getting drunk at a topless bar, like Mike Price did a few years ago when hired by Alabama, and was subsequently fired before coaching any games.

    However, committing adultery by having sex with a woman in a Louisville restaurant, paying the woman for murder-by-abortion, reporting to the FBI the woman’s attempt to extort money from him for which she is now on trial, being accused by the woman of raping her a few weeks after, but before she ended up marrying another Univeristy of Louisville coach… for all that Louisville University president James Ramsey apparently agrees with Pitino, despite the rather obvious language in the morals contract, that the whole thing was just an “indiscretion.”

    Of course there’s the $3.6 million bonus Pitino anticipated next year. One wonders if some or all of that was used as a bargaining chip in Pitino keeping his job.

    In any case, yes, Pitino should get a knock on the door from someone serving an arrest warrant on him, but probably after the Nurmeburg-style courts work their way down from the top with genocidal crimes against humanity trials for abortionist politicians, doctors, and lawyers. But those pro-abortion basketball coaches will have to answer to an authority for their actions someday.

  • Rose

    Liberalism combines blanket compassion with irresponsibility. “Everyone will take care of everyone. However, no one individual is responsible for any other except on a voluntary basis when convenient.” The early Church found this unworkable. Jethro counseled for dispersed accountability. In a basic way, liberalism ignores God’s expectations of us as individuals and in families.

  • Rose

    Liberalism combines blanket compassion with irresponsibility. “Everyone will take care of everyone. However, no one individual is responsible for any other except on a voluntary basis when convenient.” The early Church found this unworkable. Jethro counseled for dispersed accountability. In a basic way, liberalism ignores God’s expectations of us as individuals and in families.

  • Dan Kempin

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but . . . wow! I had no idea, and have heard nothing in the coverage of her passing.

    Perhaps this view was the “skeleton in her closet” for the overwhelming majority of media.

  • Dan Kempin

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but . . . wow! I had no idea, and have heard nothing in the coverage of her passing.

    Perhaps this view was the “skeleton in her closet” for the overwhelming majority of media.

  • Rose

    QALY is already law, passed in the stimulus bill. See Dr. Janda’s comments on http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/janda.asp
    Scroll down 2/3 of the way to read about the Federal Council. Some say insurance companies are supporting QALY because the federal government will take on the onus of limiting care to seniors, reducing their costs

  • Rose

    QALY is already law, passed in the stimulus bill. See Dr. Janda’s comments on http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/janda.asp
    Scroll down 2/3 of the way to read about the Federal Council. Some say insurance companies are supporting QALY because the federal government will take on the onus of limiting care to seniors, reducing their costs

  • http://gollygeeez.blogspot.com/ Z

    Your last sentence is sublime…thanks for that.
    I did not know Eunice Shriver was pro life……it’s a wonder any of her party spoke to her! (if she’d not been Jack’s sis, they probably wouldn’t have!)

  • http://gollygeeez.blogspot.com/ Z

    Your last sentence is sublime…thanks for that.
    I did not know Eunice Shriver was pro life……it’s a wonder any of her party spoke to her! (if she’d not been Jack’s sis, they probably wouldn’t have!)

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