Kerry's abortion problem
Consent? Kerry even voted to allow pregnant girls to be whisked across state lines to get an abortion, thus evading state law. Odds are he would have voted no if the bill had been about taking young girls to a dentist without a parent's knowledge.
Why do Catholic pols behave so oddly on abortion? Is it because they have no real grasp of their own religion, or is it that they are simply terrified by the abortion lobby? Probably both, with emphasis on the latter. The abortion lobby made an example of Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey in 1992. Casey was a great governor, liberal on every issue of interest to Democrats except abortion. So he was pointedly banned from speaking at the 1992 convention. To rub it in, one of his most bitter opponents in Pennsylvania, a pro-abortion Republican, was given a speaking role. The liberal Village Voice was so upset by the crass treatment that it offered Casey a forum in New York. But he was drowned out by an alliance of abortion-rights supporters and free-Mumia leftists.
Presumably the Kennedys and Kerrys remember the Casey lesson. Such is the culture of the Democratic Party today. And there are no important Democratic Catholic pols willing to stand against it.