Priests for Life Praises House Vote; Challenges Christians
April 5, 2000
Priests for Life praised the April 5 vote in the US House of Representatives
to again ban partial-birth abortion, a procedure whereby a baby, mostly
delivered, is punctured in the neck with scissors and emptied of his/her brains.
National Director Fr. Frank Pavone stated after the vote, "This matter is
once again being placed in the hands of President Clinton, who has vetoed a
partial-birth abortion ban on two previous occasions. The Clinton-Gore
administration has proved itself unwilling to ban this procedure, arguably the
single most barbaric legal practice in United States history."
"Along with the President himself, many of those who oppose the ban profess
to be believing Christians. We vigorously reaffirm today that to tolerate
partial-birth abortion, or any abortion, is totally inconsistent with Christian
Faith. To those who profess Christ and permit abortion, we say, 'Stop being a
scandal to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!'
"Finally, because the barbarity of partial-birth abortion is so contrary to
our nation's founding principles, those who have voted to allow it can arguably
be considered unworthy of public office. How one responds to an act like
partial-birth abortion cannot be disregarded as an indication of character, and
of the moral framework whereby one makes decisions about how to treat other
people. Voters should inform themselves of the position elected officials and
candidates take on this issue, and keep it uppermost in mind in November."