President Barack Obama has had a history of problems with the Vatican – which one time had to reject a potential ambassador over supporting abortion. Now, the president is sending a pro-abortion delegation to the Vatican for the canonization ceremonies for Pope John Paul XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday.
The White House announced April 11 its delegation to the canonizations Sunday consists of the following:
- John Podesta, the former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton and the current counselor to the president who founded the leftist Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress;
- Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; and
- Katie Beirne Fallon, assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs in the White House.
All three are Democrats with a history of supporting abortion as a central issue in the Democratic Party-framed debate over “a woman’s reproductive rights.”
Sally Steenland, the director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress and an outspoken critic of pro-life religious groups, wrote a stinging criticism of faith-based objections to abortion in a Feb. 5 article on the CAP website.
“Anti-choice voices have tried to monopolize morality and God, even as they increasingly jeopardize a woman’s health by making it very difficult for her to get the health care she needs,” Steenland wrote, expressing a Democratic Party theme that has attempted to frame Republicans as opposing “women’s reproductive rights” because of the religious right’s opposition to abortion on moral grounds.
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The abortion-rights group NARAL has given Becerra a 100 percent rating for his voting history on abortion issues.
Fallon, a former senior aide to Sen. Charles Schumer , D-N.Y., and a confident to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is widely credited as being a leading strategist in developing the Obamacare rule that requires employers to provide abortion coverage in employer-sponsored health insurance.
Someday, the United States will have a president again who respects the worth and dignity of human life and who understands one of the core teachings of the Catholic Church — and its number one issue with it comes to world politics — is steadfastly opposing abortion.