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Bishop: Proposed abortion laws are 'evil, pure and simple'

Calls all Catholics to fight with renewed vigor for unborn

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WASHINGTON | Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued the following statement in response to  several states moving forward with legislation  that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months.  Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:   

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“Abortion has always been built on a lie. Today, the lie is  switching from  'abortion is  a  choice' to  'abortion is  health care.'  A law recently passed in New York not only legalizes abortion essentially for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy  but removes any protection for children born alive after abortion.  A  similar bill was proposed in Virginia along with several  other  states, all in the name of women’s health.    

“This legislation is evil, pure and simple. And it shocks the conscience to see such evil legislation greeted with raucous cheers and standing ovations.  Most grieving to our Lord of Life is that those who advocate for abortion put their eternal souls in jeopardy.   

“It is  sickeningly dishonest  to claim that women’s lives or health  depend  on  intentionally killing  their  children. This is especially true for late-term abortion,  which always  involves the purposeful destruction of a child  which could have been born alive, with much less risk to the mother,  had they both received real healthcare.    

“Now is the time  for all  Catholics —bishops, priests, and laity— to  fight for the unborn  with renewed vigor. We must  educate family, friends,  legislators,  and fellow citizens  about how it is never necessary to  intentionally kill  unborn children in order to save  their mothers.  Local action is especially important. Though ending  Roe v. Wade  is a central goal of the pro-life movement,  if  the decision  were overturned, only eleven states would immediately ban abortion;  the other thirty-nine states  would  still  allow  it.   

“I urge Catholics,  and thoughtful Americans of all religions or  none at all to advocate for local change. Sign up for your State Catholic Conference or diocesan pro-life advocacy network, which can help you  communicate  to elected officials.  Or seek out state and local pro-life groups, including parish respect life groups,  that are making a difference at the state level.    

“Though we live in very dark days, we know that  the Lord  has already  triumphed over death.  But we must use this time on  earth to be His hands and feet. This means  each of us rededicating ourselves to prayer,  and  fighting for  the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn   children  and their mothers.”

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