This would seem to be a truth so self evident that it shouldn’t be necessary for an archbishop to point out. But here we are.
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — 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,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco.
“The right to life is a fundamental — the most fundamental — human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights,” the archbishop said in a July 22 statement.
“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?” he said.
He issued the statement in response to remarks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made during her weekly news conference with Capitol Hill reporters in Washington earlier in the day.
Pelosi, a Catholic, told reporters she backed current efforts by her fellow Democrats to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and other similar language from spending bills.
For four decades, the long-standing Hyde Amendment has enjoyed strong bipartisan support. It bans federal funding of abortions except when the mother’s life is endangered and in cases of rape and incest.
Hyde has been reenacted in spending bills every year since it was first passed in 1976.
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