Friday, February 6, 2009

Martino, Fisichella Speak Out

In the most current issue of The Catholic Light, Bishop Joseph Martino and Archbishop Rino Fisichella confront the issues of reversing the ban on using US tax dollars to promote or provide abortions in foreign countries. The Mexico City Policy was enacted under President Ronald Regan, reversed by President Bill Clinton, reinstated by President George Bush, and now has been reversed again by President Barack Obama.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella specifically called Obama out, stating that his action demonstrates “the arrogance of someone who believes they are right, signing a decree which will open the door to abortion and thus to the destruction of human life.”

Bishop Joseph Martino, in a letter to Democrat US Senator Bob Casey Jr., addresses another related issue. It dealt with the Martinez amendment to the SCHIP bill. The Martinez amendment would have reinstated the Mexico City Policy. The vote failed in a 60-37 tally with Senator Casey voting against the amendment thus, allowing US tax dollars to be subjected to less stringent restrictions as it relates to abortion.

Bishop Martino stated to Casey “Your failure to reverse this vote will regrettably mean that you persist formally in cooperating with the evil brought about by this hideous and unnecessary policy.”

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