Religious Leader Tells Planned Parenthood Rally Abortion a "God-Given Right"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Religious Leader Tells Planned Parenthood Rally Abortion a "God-Given Right"

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 3
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — During the rally yesterday sponsored by the Planned Parenthood abortion business and other leading pro-abortion groups, Rev. Carlton Veazy told the small gathering of hardcore activists that abortion is a "God-given right." Veazy is the head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

The rally was a time for abortion advocates to rally together to press for taxpayer funding of abortions and saw a small crowd of just a few hundred people — compared to the 100,000 or more who attend the March for Life.

Veazy was the closing speaker for the Stop Stupak rally and he told the activists they had more than merely a so-called constitutional right to an abortion.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that religious people don’t support choice,” Veazy said, according to CNS News. “You not only have a constitutional right for abortion, but you have a God-given right.”

Veazy went as far as calling on the abortion advocates to “take on” the nation’s Catholic bishops, who have pressed for removing the abortion funding from the congressional health care bills.

“We are also here to call out the U.S. Conference of [Catholic] Bishops, because no one religion, no theological perspective should get the kind of weight that they can [to] put pressure on the Congress,” he said, according to CNS.

“Hold the whole Congress up and say, ‘If we don’t get our way, we will work against health reform,’” said Veazy. “We in the religious community resent that. We believe that no religion should carry that kind of weight in legislation.”

The "God-given rights" comment is already drawing guffaws across the Internet, but it comes as no shock to longtime pro-life advocates.

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice represents such denominations as the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ that have promoted abortion for decades.

Veazy himself has not only sponsored letters calling for forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, but his pro-abortion position is so extreme that he criticized pro-abortion President Barack Obama for supposedly seeking common ground on abortion.

Even though Obama has crafted a staunchly pro-abortion record as president, for abortion advocates like Veazy, there can never been common ground on abortion because it should be an unfettered right.

"My experience of 13 years in the pro-choice movement is that ‘common ground’ has become another term for compromise on reproductive choice," he wrote in an editorial at a pro-abortion blog in May. "In other words, achieving common ground will be accomplished by diminishing the ability of women to make decisions about abortion, whatever the personal cost. That’s unacceptable."

"It’s unacceptable for even one woman to suffer in order for opponents of abortion to be appeased," he claimed.

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