How did you mark Respect Life month in October?
Three Roman Catholic public officials did so in a very odd way.
Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, proudly received the International Family Planning Award from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which hailed the Catholic Durbin as “an unparalleled champion” of its movement.
Not to be outdone, President Obama’s HHS secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, whose anti-life actions back in Kansas were so egregious that her bishop ordered her not to receive Communion, provided the keynote at the annual “Power of Choice” lunch held by NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League.
“We are in a war,” said Sebelius, referring to Republican attempts to stop taxpayer funding of “family planning services.” The professing Roman Catholic asked her audience: “Wouldn’t you think that people who want to reduce the number of abortions would champion the cause of widely available, widely affordable contraceptive services?”
That’s supposed to be a rhetorical question.
In August, Sebelius’s and Obama’s HHS mandated that all private insurers provide women with coverage for FDA-approved contraception. Sebelius and Obama also continued to undermine conscience exemptions for Catholic medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to provide abortions or contraceptives.
With her terribly destructive actions, Kathleen Sebelius has arguably become America’s most anti-life Catholic official.
Of course, it’s hard to outdo Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. The most horrendous pro-abortion statement made by a Catholic during Respect Life month emanated from Pelosi, former Democratic House Speaker. In September, Pelosi had said that Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood were a “horror.” If that sentiment wasn’t strong enough, Pelosi on October 13 proclaimed that Republicans “want women to die on the floor.”
That remark had come, ironically, as Pelosi wished “God bless them” to the Wall Street Occupiers.
There you go: Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Dick Durbin. For them, it was a most auspicious Respect Life month.
This, my fellow Catholics, is a scandal. I beg the priests and bishops of these three Catholic public officials: please, please do something.
For Catholic Exchange.com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.