Monday, August 10, 2009

Prominent Catholic Sister Endorses Planned Parenthood Bailout Bill

Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have had a hard time selling their "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act (HR 3312)" as a "common ground" approach to reducing abortion. That's because they haven't found any prominent pro-life leaders to join NARAL and Planned Parenthood in supporting the bill. They've had to resort to calling Ryan "pro-life", when in fact, he has the same National Right to Life score as Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) - ZERO.

In fact, Catholic leaders have condemned the bill. The USCCB Pro-Life Office called HR 3312, the "Planned Parenthood Economic Stimulus Package of 2009."

Youngstown Bishop George Murry, SJ said of the bill:
“This act is based on the mistaken belief that greater access to contraception reduces abortions and, in addition, some contraceptives may have an abortifacient effect. Numerous studies as well as life experiences have shown that taxpayer support of contraception does not reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions. For example, a 2006 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute presents evidence that those States which are aggressive in promoting contraception also have the highest abortion rates.”

And we've reported here that the Ryan-DeLauro Bill actually undermines the USCCB endorsed Pregnant Women Support Act - a solid effort by pro-life Democrats to support pregnant women and their families, instead of funding abortion providers.

But if the purveyors of the Culture of Death need an official-sounding Catholic counter-witness to the bishops, someone is sure to step up to the plate. And the list includes a some names familiar to readers of this blog. From a CNS report at The Catholic Review of Baltimore (links are mine):
Among the groups or individuals with Catholic ties who expressed support for the legislation were the National Coalition of American Nuns; the national Catholic social justice lobbying group Network; Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good; Lisa Sowle Cahill, a theology professor at Boston College who is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America; and Charles C. Camosy, an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York and coordinator of the university’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies Conversation Project. . .

. . .“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,” said Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service who is executive director of Network. “It is time to work together to eliminate political posturing on this issue.”

That's the same Simone Campbell who a couple of weeks ago was urging Congress to pass a health bill NOW instead of getting bogged down by "insignificant details".