Mass Catholic Conference and a number of organizations have sent out email alerts urging us to contact our U.S. Senators today in support of Senate Bill 1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Please act now and tell your friends and relatives to contact your U.S. Senators. Even in states like Massachusetts where the pro-abortion bias by our elected officials is well-established, they should still hear our voices.
Here is the message from Mass Catholic Conference:
Attached please find a letter from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in support of Senate Bill 1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Knights of Columbus are asking citizens to contact their U.S. Senator(s) today and ask them to support S. 1881.
August 3, 2015
I am writing to ask your support for S. 1881, to withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.
It has long been troubling to many Americans that the nation’s largest abortion network, performing over a third of all abortions, receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year. This concern has rightly grown in recent years.
The most recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions, and to alter abortion methods not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more “intact” organs, is the latest demonstration of a callousness toward women and their unborn children that is shocking to many Americans.
The Catholic Church comes to this issue from a perspective rooted in experience. Catholic charitable agencies and pregnancy help centers have helped countless pregnant women find life-affirming alternatives to abortion. Our hospitals and other health facilities are second to none in providing quality health care for women.
We support the legislative proposal to reallocate federal funding, so that women can obtain their health care from providers that do not promote abortion. It is my sincere hope that you will be able to help advance this goal by supporting S. 1881.
Seán Cardinal O’Malley
Archbishop of Boston
Chairman Committee on Pro-Life Activities U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops