The late Geraldine Ferraro: An early “I’m personally opposed to abortion … but” Catholic politician.

The abortion issue, magnified because she was Roman Catholic and a woman, plagued her campaign. Though she opposed the procedure personally, she said, others had the right to choose for themselves. Abortion opponents hounded her at almost every stop with an intensity seldom experienced by male politicians.

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Editor’s note: I’m betting that, right about now, Geraldine wishes she would have listened much more carefully to the objections of those abortion opponents. May God have mercy on her soul.