Making a Difference: Francis said abortion is a product of a "widespread mentality of profit, the 'throwaway culture,' which today enslaves the hearts and intelligences of so many."
If you want to ban or seriously restrict access to abortion, it is not enough to believe deeply that abortion is wrong.
Religious groups are battling the state of California over whether employee health insurance plans require them to pay for abortions and some forms of contraception that some find immoral.
So is the state forcing churches to pay for abortions? It depends on who you ask.
Faith and Justice: I wish this was the last column I had to write about the Affordable Care Act and abortion, but I doubt it will be.
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Attorneys for pro-lifers have decided not to do anything yet about the new buffer zone law around abortion facilities that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed July 30.
But they took issue with the law on various fronts.
"We believe the new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion, whose minds are not made up, women who are looking for the hope, help and love which is Eleanor McCullen's mantra," and that of other sidewalk counselors, said attorney Philip D. Moran.
John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, Texas. Fiorenza tells Gehring that the US bishops “have a lot to learn from Pope Francis.”
The whole Q&A is worth your time. Here’s a few highlights:
Pope Francis reiterated his strong opposition to abortion on April 25, saying it "compounds the grief of many women" already succumbing to what he called the "pressures of secular culture."
The pope's remarks, to a group of bishops from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, represented a departure of sorts for Francis, who has kept a relative silence on the issue as he tries to redirect the church's energies toward combating poverty and income inequality.
The proposed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is "a wonderful opportunity to protect life," said Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston.