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July 22, 2021: Statement of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defending efforts to permit federal funding of elective abortions.
July 22, 2021Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic
and condone the killing of innocent human life, let
alone have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental – the most
fundamental – human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights.
To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor
women is the epitome of hypocrisy: what about the health of the baby being killed?
What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life?
This would give them fairness and equality to women of means, who can afford
to bring a child into the world. It is people of faith who run pro-life crisis
pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women
life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs. I cannot be
prouder of my fellow Catholics who are so prominent in providing this vital service.
To them I say: you are the ones worthy to call yourselves “devout Catholics”!
Learn about Nancy Pelosi's press conference remarks here.
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