Recently I described and criticized the effort in Colorado to define a fertilized egg as a person. While the Catholic Church has not officially endorsed the measure, Catholics also wish “to end abortion,” according to one spokesperson.
Electa Draper writes for the February 28 Denver Post:
“We commend the goal of this effort to end abortion. Individual Catholics may choose to work for its passage,” [Colorado Catholic Conference Executive Director Jennifer] Kraska said.
“At the same time, we recognize that other people committed to the sanctity of life have raised serious questions about this specific amendment’s timing and content,” she said.
Kraska does not reveal — and Draper does not report — what problems some Catholics find with the measure’s “timing and content.” But Kraska could not be more clear in her position on abortion — a position that, far from preserving “the sanctity of life,” would destroy the sanctity of life of some people.
Nor are other Catholics as hesitant, as Draper continues:
“It’s a political, gutless position,” said Judie Brown, president of the American Life League.
“As a Catholic, it’s the most scandalous thing I’ve ever heard,” Brown said. “I can’t believe that any bishop wouldn’t want to be out in the front lines helping the petitioners. The sanctity of life is a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church.”
This issue is not limited to Colorado. Draper concludes:
The Colorado effort is part of a national movement to win Supreme Court review of Roe v. Wade, Brown said. Montana and Mississippi also have ballot initiatives in progress for 2008; Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon were working toward a 2009 measure.
Nobody can say the advocates of faith-based politics didn’t warn us.