Tablet on Abortion and 2008 Election

Michael Sean Winters has an article in the Tablet concerning abortion and the 2008 election:

The second problem with the anti-Obama statements by the bishops is their specificity. “Faithful Citizenship” stated emphatically: “In fulfilling these responsibilities [to help Catholics form their conscience], the Church’s leaders are to avoid endorsing or opposing candidates or telling people how to vote. As Pope Benedict XVI stated in Deus Caritas Est, ‘The Church wishes to help form consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice … The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible.'”

However, the greatest problem is that these “abortion-only” bishops are living in a parallel universe. In denigrating the Democratic Party and its nominee, the only conclusion is that the Republicans were the salvific choice. The pro-life movement has been carrying water for the Grand Old Party for 35 years and there has been no change in the law. Even if Roe were overturned tomorrow, abortion would not become illegal because  the issue would be kicked back to the individual states. In a study made by Dr Joe Wright, an assistant professor of political science at Penn State University and a visiting fellow at the prestigious Catholic University of Notre Dame, the 16 states that might enact some restrictions on abortion are largely rural, conservative states that only account for 10 per cent of all abortions. Is that enough to make Republicans the “pro-life party”?


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