by Steven Ertelt
May 7, 2007
Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates are upset that a Catholic home for boys and girls has chosen pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak at an event. A leading organization says it has no choice but to organize a protest at the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls function.
"I’m sorry we have to picket this Mercy Home fundraiser," Joe Scheidler, head of the Pro-Life Action League, told LifeNews.com in a press release. "But Hillary Clinton’s appearance at their Graduates’ Luncheon is just wrong."
"This is a well-known and much loved Catholic institution, while Senator Clinton is unabashedly hostile to the Catholic Church’s teaching on the value of life," he added.
The Leader Council of Mercy Home invited Hillary Clinton to address the guests at their annual Graduates’ Luncheon today, without consulting Fr. Scott Donahue, director of Mercy Home.
The League’s Executive Director spoke with Fr. Donahue, who, though he opposes Clinton’s appearance, said he could not rescind the invitation.
"Hillary Clinton has a long and solid record of support for abortion," said Scheidler.
He pointed to her long pro-abortion voting record, her opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the partial-birth abortion ban, and the endorsement she received for president in March from the pro-abortion National Organization for Women.
"The Catholic bishops have stated clearly that Catholic institutions may not provide a platform for pro-abortion politicians," said Scheidler.
"The young people who benefit from Mercy Home’s ministry are the very same ‘unwanted’ children Clinton and NOW would consign to the abortion scrap heap. Presenting Clinton as a role model for the young graduates is a travesty," he concluded.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, according to its Web site, is a long-term residential home for troubled and hurting young men and women, ages 11 to 21.
ACTION: Contact the Mercy Home by going to this web site – https://www.mercyhome.org/site/epage/41227_603.htm.