WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Do the U.S. government and the Supreme Court have the authority to permit the killing of a baby?
That was the question Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, asked during a press conference yesterday at the National Press Club here.
During the event – titled Elections 2016: Moving to Higher Ground – Father Pavone was flanked by Catholic priests and a deacon as he stressed the moral imperative of voting, and voting for life.
“We are in the midst of a critically important election cycle,” Father Pavone said. “Voting is not only a right, it’s an obligation. It’s part of the responsibility that citizens have for the common good.”
Conceding that many voters are having difficulty choosing between two flawed candidates for president, Father Pavone said “we have to look beyond what might be immoral about their behavior and to what is immoral about their policies. Every candidate needs to answer the question of whether they believe the government has the authority to permit the killing of babies.”
Noting that the gruesome reality of late-term abortion was described during the final presidential debate Oct. 19, he said it’s clear that one candidate believes the government does have that authority, while the other believes the barbaric practice must stop.
“I am not a Republican and I am not a Democrat,” Father Pavone said. “But I know that no government can authorize such a thing.”
Father Pavone issued a challenge to clergy across the nation, and across denominational lines, to speak to their congregations honestly about what abortion is, what it does the child, and how it wounds the mothers who make the irrevocable choice. And he urged voters to recognize that ending abortion is not just one issue among many.
“There are many important issues. Any issue impacting human life is important,” he said. “But no other issue has the same gravity, the same pull on our conscience, as the legal killing of children. Any candidate, any party that stands for legal abortion, as Pope Saint John Paul II has written, believes in "a tyrant state" (Evangelium Vitae, 20). We cannot vote in a way that allows this practice to continue.”
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.