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TITUSVILLE, FL -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following Senate Democrats’ failed effort to advance an extreme abortion bill.
“The Women’s Health Protection Act is a radical abortion bill. It does not ‘codify Roe,’ because even the Roe vs. Wade decision recognized limits on the so-called “right to abortion,” and state interests in preserving the life in the womb as well as the health of the mother.
“In Roe we read,
“…[A]ppellant and some amici argue that the woman's right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses. With this we do not agree. Appellant's arguments that Texas either has no valid interest at all in regulating the abortion decision, or no interest strong enough to support any limitation upon the woman's sole determination, are unpersuasive. The Court's decisions recognizing a right of privacy also acknowledge that some state regulation in areas protected by that right is appropriate. As noted above, a State may properly assert important interests in safeguarding health, in maintaining medical standards, and in protecting potential life. At some point in pregnancy, these respective interests become sufficiently compelling to sustain regulation of the factors that govern the abortion decision. The privacy right involved, therefore, cannot be said to be absolute. In fact, it is not clear to us that the claim asserted by some amici that one has an unlimited right to do with one's body as one pleases bears a close relationship to the right of privacy previously articulated in the Court's decisions. The Court has refused to recognize an unlimited right of this kind in the past.” [Roe vs. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 153-4]
“I don’t know any of the Democrats supporting this bill who support codifying that part of Roe.
“If this extreme bill were put to the American people for a vote, would be defeated in a landslide,” Father Pavone said. “Even those Americans who are in favor of legal abortion understand there have to be limits and safeguards in place. And those who bother to take five seconds to look at abortion are appalled. (See LookAtAbortion.org).
“There’s only one reason Chuck Schumer and his vassals tried to get a vote on this toxic bill. To quote President Trump: ‘These people are sick.’”
Priests for Life is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. For more information, visit www.EndAbortion.US.