“One thing I know for sure,” [Cecile Richards,] the Planned Parenthood president states, “the bishops don't speak for all Catholics. If you're Catholic and you disagree with the bishops, please let your legislators know when you send your message. Your voice as a pro-choice Catholic needs to be heard NOW.”One thing I know for sure is Ms. Richards' ignorance of the Catholic Church. Not that she knows any but had she consulted a properly catechized Catholic before releasing this astoundingly idiotic statement she would have learned that
• Catholics who publicly oppose Church teachings on abortion are automatically excommunicated, thus they are no longer members of the Catholic Church. A "pro-choice Catholic" is an impossibility.
• Bishops, when voicing their opposition to government-funded abortions, do speak for all Catholics; those who proclaim the bishops do not speak for them on abortion are not and cannot be Catholics.
Ms. Richards gives her game away here.
“[W]e are so close” to passing the current legislation. “In my lifetime, we've never been closer to expanding access to affordable health care for everyone. I don't think we'll get another chance, and we've got to do everything we can not to let it slip away.”Several years ago I attended an investment seminar at which the instructor asked the class the following question: "What is the purpose of a profit-making corporation?" The answer came quickly and was, of course: "To make money." The instructor then asked: "What is the purpose of a non-profit corporation." Nobody got that one right but the answer was the same as before: "To make money." Planned Parenthood is a non-profit corporation that makes a substantial portion of its considerable income providing abortions. The organization stands to up its receipts substantially with the enactment of health care "reform" that includes federally funded abortions and its well paid executives fairly salivate at the prospect. Now they see the Catholic Church working actively to thwart the raking in of this ill-begotten booty and they are absolutely furious. Good.
UPDATE: Speaker Pelosi’s Government-Run Health Plan Will Require a Monthly Abortion Premium.
UPDATE 2. Broken link in update above now fixed.
(Thanks to Augustine.)
(Thanks to Augustine.)