IN DEFENSE OF KERRY’S ABORTION ANSWER….John Kerry’s answer to the rigged question about abortion in Friday night’s debate struck me as almost perfect (he really should have ignored the specific question–about government funding of abortion–and stuck to the general issue of abortion). And I’m not just saying that because he used the opportunity to remind everyone that he’s a Catholic…give me a little credit. What was more important in terms of picking up those moderate Catholics who are still not in the Democratic camp yet is that for the first time in recent memory, the Democratic candidate expressed respect for pro-life views and acknowledged them as legitimate in a political forum.

More on this over at today. And before you send messages denouncing me as a traitor-to-the-pro-choice-cause/baby-killing-sinner (take your pick), please read the entire piece. What I’m advocating makes strategic sense, but it also happens to be the right way to conduct political dialogue about difficult issues.

I, for one, hope Kerry sticks with it.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.