A clinic escort in Louisville, Kentucky describes the scene outside the clinic at which she volunteers as the Archibishop of Louisville leads a protest. Also watch our video of the march.
Many Catholic bishops have voiced unconditional opposition to any health reform bill that “funds” abortion–though no current bill does. Catholics, many of whom self-identify as “pro-life,” would support health reform even with abortion coverage.
The focus of this Congress, along with the presidential administration, must be on creating down-to-earth reproductive health care policy, instead of being swayed by battles over who holds the higher moral ground.
The implication that political power lies in the Catholic hierarchy rather than in Catholics will only alienate the faithful.
Catholic voters, just like the rest of America, want government to focus on solving problems for American families, such as increasing access to affordable health care and helping children stay healthy.
Despite the church hierarchy’s claims that abortion needed to be the one issue that Catholics voted on, Catholics overwhelmingly disagreed with the idea that abortion should be the deciding factor this election.
The Boston Globe reports that there must be a lot of disappointed Catholic bishops with the election of Barack Obama. But Catholic voters helped elect Obama, with a 54% majority, despite Obama’s strong record on reproductive health and rights. And the Catholic far right has a plan.
Many Catholic voters support common sense public policy on reproductive and sexual health issues. A new television ad sheds light.