Thursday, August 13, 2009

Nuns for Planned Parenthood?

In a time when a proposed healthcare overhaul will use taxpayer funds for abortions (as Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, asserted- see http://www.lifenews.com/nat5349.html), Catholics must do all they can to present a united front on life issues. Those Catholics who describe themselves as faithful while supporting pro-abortion leaders or laws pose the greatest threat to such cooperation.

According to an article on The Catholic Key blog, the National Catholic Coalition of American Nuns has endorsed the "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act." Sponsored by former pro-life Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the bill would significantly increase access to birth control while masquerading as a "common ground" approach to the feud over abortion. The USCCB Pro-life Office has appropriately dubbed it the "Planned Parenthood Economic Stimulus Package of 2009."

Sister Simone Campbell, Sister of Social Service and the executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying group, said of the bill, "This legislation gives me hope that we can finally begin to move beyond using pregnancy as a political wedge issue and to focus instead on providing women and families with the resources they need for healthy pregnancies and babies...It is time to work together to eliminate political posturing on this issue.”

To be a nun is to be a bride of Christ. I'd be interested in hearing Sister Campbell repeat those words when she comes face to face with her husband.

Article reference: http://catholickey.blogspot.com/2009/08/prominent-catholic-sister-endorses.html

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