Catholic Pro-Life Group Debuts Web Site to Educate Voters on Abortion, Election
by Steven Ertelt
September 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading Catholic pro-life group has debuted a new web site to educate voters on abortion and pro-life issues as they relate to the upcoming elections. Fidelis has put together CatholicVote.com to educate and inspire Catholic voters this fall and beyond.
The site includes a powerful video designed to encourage viewers to prioritize the issues of life, faith, and family.
In addition to the video, the site contains resources on how to register to vote, research on candidate positions, documents from the Bishops and an invitation to join in prayer.
The highlight of CatholicVote.com is a powerful 3:30 minute documentary on Catholic contributions to American public life. The video connects the fight for civil rights, human dignity, and the family throughout the history of our country.
The U.S. Bishops have stated that responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation, Brian Burch, the head of Fidelis, told LifeNews.com.
We launched CatholicVote.com to provide Catholics and all people of good will with the tools to both educate and inspire their fellow citizens as they prepare to vote in November," he said.
Our goal with CatholicVote.com was to develop something that could complement the many excellent voter guides, statements, and resources developed by other organizations," Burch continued. "Our hope is to not only win over the minds of voters, but also the hearts of American Catholics and Christians."
Catholics play a major role in American politics. Since 1976, winning the Catholic vote meant winning the White House except in 2000, when Al Gore won both the Catholic vote and the popular vote but lost the election to George Bush.
Barack Obama has largely turned off Catholic voters this election season with his extreme position in favor of abortion.
Obama supports keeping abortions legal throughout pregnancy and wants them paid for with taxpayer dollars. He has also pledged to sign a bill in Congress that would make unlimited abortions a national law and overturn sensible abortion limits in all 50 states.
Burch says the Catholic vote could make a difference in who becomes president.
At 67 million strong, the Catholic vote is critical to American elections, said Burch. Catholics vote in higher numbers than the rest of the population and they live in important swing states like Michigan, Ohio and Florida.
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