“Catholics for Choice” renews campaign to gut life-saving Hyde Amendment

By Dave Andrusko

In Washington, DC, if you waiting for a metro or a bus, often times you’ll find a nearby news box containing free copies of what the Washington Post calls its “Express.” Essentially it’s a shopper with a few excerpts from news stories, the Style section, and the like.

The Post’s advertisers get a captive audience and the readers get to peruse the headlines amidst eighty gazillion ads.

Well, guess who purchased a four-page [!] cover ad for today’s Express? (I have no idea what it cost, but you know it was plenty.)

The absurdly named “Catholic for Choice.”

It’s the usual-usual from the organization originally named Catholics for a Free Choice. The front cover portion gives you the message.

The headline reads, “Abortion in Good Faith” (the name for the campaign) with the subhead making the have-it-both-ways case: “It it because of my Catholic faith, not in spite of it, that I support women who make conscience-based decisions to have an abortion.” (Signed mother and grandmother.)

The mission is on page two: eliminate the Hyde Amendment, credited with saving 2 million lives. There is overwhelming support for the Hyde Amendment which prohibits virtually all federal funding of abortion but that never gives the Abortion Industry even the slightest pause.

So faced with longstanding opposition, the “Abortion in Good Faith” campaign needs to recast picking the public’s pocket as not still more pro-abortion propaganda in service of reversing the decline in the number of abortions but a “Catholic Social Justice value.”

We’re told federal funding of abortion is a “moral necessity.” Seriously.

This is not a new initiative. Last year “Catholics for Choice” published full page ads in major newspapers. That prompted the following statement, issued by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who was then chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. It was intended to “alert the public to a deceptive ad campaign calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith.”

An abortion advocacy organization called “Catholics for Choice” (CFC) placed deceptive full-page newspaper ads in multiple cities on September 12 calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith.

As the U.S. Catholic bishops have stated for many years, the use of the name ‘Catholic’ as a platform to promote the taking of innocent human life is offensive not only to Catholics, but to all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse.

CFC is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. It has no membership, and clearly does not speak for the faithful. It is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control.

The organization rejects and distorts Catholic social teaching — and actually attacks its foundation. As Pope Francis said this summer to leaders in Poland, “Life must always be welcomed and protected…from conception to natural death. All of us are called to respect life and care for it.”

CFC’s extreme ads promote abortion as if it were a social good. But abortion kills the most defenseless among us, harms women, and tears at the heart of families. Pushing for public funding would force all taxpaying Americans to be complicit in the violence of abortion and an industry that puts profit above the well-being of women and children.

According to a July 2016 poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, 62 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45 percent of those who say they are pro-choice.

Finally, the CFC pits the needs of pregnant women against those of their unborn children. This is a false choice. Catholics and all people of good will are called to love them both. Consider supporting local pregnancy help centers, which do incredible work caring for mothers and children alike in a manner consistent with true social justice and mercy.