by Steven Ertelt
June 17, 2007
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — Members of the Philadelphia City Council have voted to reverse their decision a week ago to have the “City of Brotherly Love” endorse abortion. The original 9-8 vote came under intense criticism from pro-life advocates and Cardinal Justin Rigali and the members of the council voted 13-4 to overturn their previous vote.
The original June 7 vote for the referendum called Philadelphia a “pro-choice city” and one “defending the right to choose a legal and safe abortion as a final but critical option for women.”
The resolution, written by a Planned Parenthood official, also endorsed, "the ultimate control of the individual over her own body and her own life” and urged other cities across the country to pass similar pro-abortion measures.
Councilman Frank Rizzo said the pro-abortion vote was an embarrassment to the city.
"I think that we should stay away from issues like this that cause division in our city," Rizzo said.
Even council member Marian Tasco, who supports abortion, didn’t like the vote and wanted it reconsidered, saying, "The issue of pro-choice or pro-life is personal. The issue of choice is something we do not deal with in city council."
Councilman Tim Kenney and member Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the original resolution, had both supported the initial proposal but said they felt there were better ways to express their pro-abortion views than forcing the city’s residents to be on record endorsing abortion.
Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, issued a statement praising the repeal.
"I applaud the members of Philadelphia City Council who worked to rescind last week’s troubling resolution," he said. "The members who supported today’s resolution are to be commended for reflecting carefully upon this issue and showing the courage to revisit it."
He called on members of the city council to "apologize to the thousands of Philadelphians they have offended today, and turn their energies toward improving the quality of life and the safeguarding of all residents."