Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to John and Teddy Kennedy, has passed away. CatholicVote notes:

As the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1972, Sargent Shriver remains to this day the last pro-life candidate to run on the presidential ticket as a Democrat.

But Ted Kennedy was pro-life in 1972 as well, right? But unlike other Kennedys, Shriver remained pro-life for the rest of his life. And he wasn’t quiet about it! In 1992, Eunice and Sargent Shriver joined Gov. Bob Casey in publishing a letter in a full-page ad in the New York Times. The letter protested the Democratic Party’s embrace of abortion in their party platform. Both Eunice and Sargent Shriver were strong supporters of pro-life organizations, including National Right to Life.

Shriver and his wife Eunice were also driving forces behind the Special Olympics (Kennedy sister Rosemary was mentally disabled). Not surprisingly, there is no mention of Shriver’s pro-life position in the New York Times obituary.