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Catholic Teaching on Voting for Pro-Abortion Candidates
Part 11

It is simply appalling to (1) consider reproductive care (read: abortion) to be essential and basic care, and (2) to have Int'l Planned Parenthood Federation to be an essential part of such health care system. IPPF is the biggest abortion organization in the world, and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to promote the cause of reproductive health, including and centered on the right to abortion.

How can any Catholic ever be for IPPF? How can any Catholic ever be openly for intrinsic evil?

And how can any Catholic vote for an openly pro-abortion candidate when there is a pro-life candidate as an alternative?

God bless.


(from Family Research Council)

Health Care Plans: Abortion Coverage Opposed by Majority

Tonight, in the second of three presidential debates, both candidates are likely to trade barbs on one of the key issues of this election-health care reform. On one hand, Sen. John McCain bases his plan on a tax credit system that would help Americans pay for their coverage by untethering health care from employment. Sen. Barack Obama would mandate employer-sponsored health care and use targeted taxes to socialize medicine for low-income families.

Although most of his proposal is straightforward, one element of Obama's plan is still confusing voters. Does it or doesn't it include universal coverage for abortion? As the Weekly Standard's John McCormack points out, the Illinois Senator is in no rush to clarify his position. McCormack, who left several messages for the campaign, has yet to receive a call back. In a phone conference yesterday devoted exclusively to Obama's health care plan, McCormack asked pointedly if it would mandate coverage for all legal abortion. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kans.), who responded on the campaign's behalf, said, "I really don't know the specifics of that." "An Obama-Biden spokesman told me via email that he'd find an answer to my question," McCormack blogged. Twenty-four hours have passed. Still nothing.

A little research into Obama's past speeches does provide some clues about the senator's intent. At a Planned Parenthood function in 2007, Obama pledged, "In my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care, and so it is at the center-the heart-of the plan that I propose...[U]nder a universal health care [plan]... I still believe that it is important for organizations like Planned Parenthood to be part of that system."

If abortion coverage is an element of Obama's plan, a poll commissioned by FRC earlier this year shows that it would be to his detriment. A majority of voters (56%) said they would be "less likely" to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage compared to 31% who would be "more likely" to support such a candidate.

"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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