Thursday, March 2, 2006
55 Democrats sign "Statement of Principles" supporting abortion

Recently a group of 55 Catholic Democrats from the House of Representatives signed a "Statement of Principles." This Statement states that they "agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion, we do not celebrate its practice." However, these lawmakers are doing nothing else than playing politics. The Catholic Church was the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It will not be swayed by these Catholics who claim they can be pro-choice and Catholic - that is heresy.

Catholic League president William Donohue commented, "The House Catholic Democrats who signed this statement - and 17 of them did not - are trying to convince the public, and especially Catholics, that one can be a good Catholic and differ with the Catholic Church on abortion."

These are the 55 Democracts:

Rosa L. DeLauro
David R. Obey
Wm. Lacy Clay
Hilda L. Solis
James R. Langevin
Bart Stupak
Anna Eshoo
Bill Pascrell
Betty McCollum
Gene Taylor
Raul M. Grijalva
Carolyn McCarthy
John B. Larson
Ed Pastor
Joe Baca
William Delahunt
Tim Ryan
Silvestre Reyes
Mike Thompson
Linda T. Sanchez
Charles A. Gonzalez
Xavier Becerra
Diane Watson
Michael H. Michaud
Nydia Velazquez
Jim Marshall
Frank Pallone
John T. Salazar
James P. McGovern
George Miller
Tim Holden
James L. Oberstar
Dale E. Kildee
Patrick J. Kennedy
Cynthia McKinney
James P. Moran
Michael Capuano
Richard E. Neal
Mike Doyle
Peter A. DeFazio
Maurice Hinchey
Dennis A. Cardoza
Joseph Crowley
Jim Costa
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Loretta Sanchez
Robert Brady
Marty Meehan
Grace Napolitano
Luis V. Gutierrez
Jose Serrano
Stephen Lynch
Edward J. Markey
Nancy Pelosi
Lane Evans

Read their "Statement" here. Let us pray that these Catholics will one day embrace the Church again and realize that one cannot be pro-choice and Catholic.

2 comment(s):

del_button March 3, 2006 at 3:10 PM
Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but after reading the actual statement that these politicians signed, I do not see anything in the statement of principles that suggests that they are "supporting abortion." They also do not claim in this document to be pro-choice. Actually, the document states that they are committed to 1) preventing unwanted pregancies, 2) supporting policies that encourage carrying a pregnancy to term, and 3) promoting alternatives to abortion.

While you may choose to believe that these people are insincere about the statement they make, and while I encourage all of us to pray for ALL of our politicians regardless of their religion and/or values, I find no evidence to support your conclusion that these people are pro-choice based solely on the Statement of Principles that they signed.

I can only assume that you believe that all Democrats are pro-choice. I assure you, they are not.

del_button March 3, 2006 at 3:14 PM
Matthew said...

I support the other 17 Catholic democrats who did not sign this statement. If these politicians do not work to end/limit abortion they are hypocrits. These people vote against every pro-life law there is.

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