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Catholics should hold all politicians to account for supporting abortion | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

The trial of Kermit Gosnell keeps the issue of abortion in the news. The sheer gruesome barbarism of Gosnell's acts did not dissuade President Obama from speaking at a Planned Parenthood fundraising gala. If he can advocate for it, cannot Christians rightfully advocate to make abortion illegal? Yes, we can! Should not Catholics hold all politicians, not just Catholic ones, to account for their support of abortion? Yes, we should. Yes, we must!

There are some fairly gross misunderstandings and misrepresentations regarding religion and morality within America's political life. Catholics need to be fully aware of the church's 2002 Doctrinal Note on "The Participation of Catholics in Political Life."

Salient passages here are, "John Paul II… has reiterated many times that those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a "grave and clear obligation to oppose" any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them … This is the case with laws concerning abortion."

The protest immediately arises; you're trying to impose your religious values! Not so. We are trying to save an innocent human life. Look at the pictures of a baby stabbed in the neck to sever its spine in what Gosnell called "snipping." They're as horrific as any out of Auschwitz or Dachau. But — "separation of church and state." A wrong-headed interpretation of the First Amendment as was ever invented to which America's Founders emphatically said otherwise. Witness George Washington's Farewell Address: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness — these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."

PETE BRADY

Bainbridge Island

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