by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2007
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — The head of the Knights of Columbus gave a keynote speech at the Catholic fraternal group’s annual conference in Tennessee and said the organization would continue to promote the pro-life perspective on issues such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said the group will never get involved in partisan politics but will be active in the public arena letting people know human life should be protected.
"One of our most important traditions throughout our 125-year history is that we do not, as an organization, become involved in partisan politics," he said, according to the Catholic News service.
"This does not, however, mean that we take no interest in public policy issues," Anderson explained. "When an issue directly affects our most fundamental values as Catholics, such as abortion … or public funding of embryonic stem-cell research, as leaders in the Catholic community, we must, and we do take a stand."
CNS reported that Anderson said the group’s position against abortion was one of the most important ones in the group’s 125 year history.
"Since the 1970s, when abortion was suddenly transformed from being an almost unspeakable crime to a supposed constitutional ‘right,’ we have worked tirelessly to enact laws that would limit and ultimately end the unrestricted abortion license in the United States," Anderson said.
He promised that sister groups in other nations such as Mexico and the Philippines will continue to fight against the legalization of abortion in those nations.
The Mexican group is currently supporting a lawsuit against a bill approved by the Mexico City legislative assembly that legalized abortion this spring in that nation’s capital.
The group has been active in opposing the promotion of embryonic stem cell research in Delaware, it was active in opposing human cloning in Missouri, and a Rhode Island group made sure its facilities wouldn’t be used by a pro-abortion speaker.