Bob Casey, Catholic Democrat, Defends Vote for International Abortion Funding

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Bob Casey, Catholic Democrat, Defends Vote for International Abortion Funding

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 4
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, considered by some to be one of the few pro-life Democrats in Congress, is defending his repeated votes for international abortion funding. He is defending his votes against the Mexico City Policy despite two rebukes from his Catholics bishop.

Bishop Joseph F. Martino of the Diocese of Scranton took Casey to task last month for voting to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.

In a letter to the senator, Bishop Martino accused Casey of “cooperating with … evil” by casting the pro-abortion vote.

In the letter, published in Thursday’s edition of The Catholic Light, the diocesan newspaper, he urges Casey to live up to his Catholic faith by voting to “oppose abortion."

But Casey office continues to claim that his vote for foreign abortion promotion does not violate his pro-life views.

Casey’s spokesman Larry Smar told CNSNews that Casey’s vote can be considered pro-life because it support family planning efforts that supposedly reduce abortions.

“Currently, more than half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion. Very simply, fewer unintended pregnancies means fewer abortions,” he claimed. “Women who are not pregnant don’t have abortions.”

“In accordance with his pro-life views, Senator Casey voted recently to rescind Mexico City Policy, thus allowing U.S. funding of family planning services to international aid organizations,” Smar added.

However, he failed to note that the vote shifts money from non-abortion groups that conduct family planning efforts in other countries to two of the world’s largest abortion businesses, Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International.

Bishop Martino and the pro-life movement disagree with Smar’s assessment of the vote on Casey’s behalf and correctly identify it as a pro-abortion one because it forces public funds into the hands of groups that will do abortions and lobby other nations to rescind their pro-life laws on abortion.

Bishop Martino said Casey vote against the Mexico City Policy “will mean the deaths of thousands of unborn children" and reminded him that “this is an offense against life and a denial of our Catholic teaching on the dignity of every human being.”

Martino said Casey should reverse his vote because his “responsibilities as a Catholic … exceed even those of your office.”

“Your failure to reverse this vote will regrettably mean that you persist formally in cooperating with the evil brought about by this hideous and unnecessary policy,” he wrote. “As I have done several times before, I offer to make myself available to you to discuss the grave concerns that I raise here.”

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