As the pro-life movement has been monitoring, the number of presidential candidates, from both parties, continues to grow.
One particular candidate though, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, has generated headlines and discussion when it comes to his faith. O’Malley is a Democrat, pro-abortion, and also openly and proudly Catholic.
As written about O’Malley in a post from Live Acton News:
O’Malley clarified his stance in favor of abortion to Planned Parenthood in 2002. In 2014, he was honored by Planned Parenthood of Maryland with the Betty Tyler award, at their ninth Annual Spring Gala.
O’Malley, who just finished his second term as governor, was in office when Jennifer Morbelli and her preborn daughter, Madison Leigh, died in a botched late-term abortion from LeRoy Carhart. Some pro-lifers have blamed the governor for granting Carhart a liecense to perform abortions in Maryland, despite his horrific record.
For the most recent Americans United for Life List, Maryland came in the Top 10 list of worst states, and has consistently done so during O’Malley’s time in office.
As someone who is so proud of his faith, O’Malley’s support for abortion does not make much sense. This is especially the case when his faith has affected his decision to run for office. O’Malley has even been referred to as a ‘Pope Francis Democrat!’
The Catholic Church does not merely take a stance on immigration and the death penalty, but also a very clear and oft-repeated stance on abortion. Pope Francis himself has consistently preached a powerful pro-life message, including just recently.
Perhaps O’Malley needs to read the recent pastoral letter from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, as the Cardinal from D.C. reminded the Catholic faithful of fundamental truths.
Regardless of how close the views of O’Malley and his Church are on other issues, those issues and rights do not exist without the right to life. It is a shame that an O’Malley presidency would not follow Catholic teaching on abortion. This is tragic not merely for Catholics, but for unborn children of any religion in this country, that their leader would deny them their right to be born.