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October 2, 1996


"Make Elected Officials Accountable For Partial-Birth Abortion Vote," Urges Bishop William G. Curlin

The Most Reverend William G. Curlin, bishop of the 46-county Diocese of Charlotte today issued the following statement in response to the senate vote on the partial-birth abortion veto:

I am gravely disappointed by the action of some members of the U.S Senate in their bold defense of the partial-birth abortion act. These elected officials have turned their backs upon humanity, ignored the voices of their constituency, and proceeded to endorse the most inhumane procedure of our generation.

Tragically, some senators and representatives have been falsely led to believe that partial-birth abortion is necessary to preserve a woman's life. Yet, this flies in the face of reality. Obstetricians, gynecologists and perinatologists are emphatic in their denunciation of the partial-birth abortion by stating this procedure is never necessary to save a woman's life, health or fertility. Former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop has stated publicly that this procedure is never medically necessary and charitably suggested that President Clinton was misinformed by his medical advisors. As leaders in the field of medicine have testified, such a horrendous procedure poses its own risk to a woman's health and fertility.

I plead with all women and men who seek to defend the sanctity of life, to raise their voices in protest against this action. Seventy one percent of Americans say they oppose partial-birth abortions, including 65 percent of those who call themselves prochoice. Regrettably, 40 senators did not take this into account. We deserve better representation than this.

The issue of partial-birth abortion is of such weight that people should keep this in mind when they choose their representatives. We cannot and dare not let our country continue on a path of ever increasing disregard for the sanctity of life.

The partial-birth abortion act is infanticide. It is time for us to speak up in defense of the truth.

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