Thursday, September 15, 2016

Group Calls for Free Abortions, But Bishops Slam Abortion as “An Assault on Human Dignity”

Catholic leaders across the country are speaking out against a new campaign claiming that abortion is a “Catholic social justice value” and calling for taxpayer-funded abortions.

In a joint statement, a group of Catholic bishops said the campaign completely misrepresents the Catholic Church’s teachings on abortion and the sanctity of human life.

The pro-abortion group “Catholics for Choice,” which calls itself Catholic but is not affiliated with the church, launched a series of full-page newspaper ads this week to urge Catholics to support taxpayer-funded abortions. The pro-abortion ads have appeared in two dozen newspapers across the country this week. The Houston Chronicle reports the group plans to spend $400,000 on the campaign this year and $400,000 in 2017.

The full-page ad that ran in the Chicago Tribune had the bold heading “Abortion In Good Faith” and the photo of a woman described as a Catholic grandmother and former state legislator. . . .

Catholic bishops responded to the misleading ads with the following statement: “It is not clear why Catholics for Choice chose a handful of individuals identifying themselves as Catholics as ambassadors for the false premise that refusal to pay for someone’s abortion is an assault on anyone’s God-given dignity. The only assault on dignity in this discussion is the abortion, which ends one life irrevocably and diminishes countless other lives.”

In a column at LifeNews, Cardinal Timothy Dolan also rebuked the group for encouraging Catholics to support the killing of unborn babies.

“CFC’s extreme ads promote abortion as if it were a social good,” Dolan wrote. “But abortion kills the most defenseless among us, harms women, and tears at the heart of families. Pushing for public funding would force all taxpaying Americans to be complicit in the violence of abortion and an industry that puts profit above the well-being of women and children.” . . . Read More @

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