In August, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to Pope Francis urging him to discuss certain topics when he addresses Congress on September 24th. Rep DeLauro is a Congresswoman representing Connecticut’s third district and has a lengthy pro-abortion record. In fact, National Right to Life reports that she has a 0% pro-life record and has voted against pro-life legislation 108 times.
In the past, Rep. DeLauro has voted against common-sense measures that would protect women and unborn children from abortion and the abortion industry. For example, in Congress she voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and legislation that would de-fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. Yet somehow, Rep. DeLauro says she is Catholic and believes she has the right to tell Pope Francis what he should say when he visits Congress.
Bill Donohue from the Catholic League said the following about Rep. DeLauro’s letter: “Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a rabidly pro-abortion Catholic, has sent a letter to Pope Francis — signed by 93 of her House Democratic colleagues — urging him to focus on certain topics when he addresses Congress Sept. 24. And they are not content to have him speak in general terms about concerns like economic justice or the environment.”
“They want him to advance specific items on their agenda, like paid sick leave, a higher minimum wage, and climate change. Nowhere, of course, do they express openness to what he might say on marriage, family or the sanctity of life. Indeed, if he addresses any of these issues from the House rostrum, be prepared to hear these same voices caterwauling about separation of church and state,” he continued.
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As LifeNews previously reported, Rep. DeLauro is a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and recently said she has not watched the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. She said, “I’ll take a look at it, but I did not see it so I have no idea what’s in it.”
In July, the first of nine videos were released by The Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood’s executives haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts, admitting to altering abortion procedures to procure salable organs and casually discussing ways their doctors can “crush” unborn babies to obtain fully intact parts.
Then, in one of the newest videos, the abortion company is caught harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive, which is in violation of the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act. The legislation requires abortion facilities, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.”
To put it mildly, Pope Francis and Rep. DeLauro have little in common when it comes to abortion. In 2013, Pope Francis reiterated that the Catholic Church will never compromise on their opposition against abortion. He said, “I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’. It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”
Additionally, at meeting with Catholic bishops in South Africa, Pope Francis said, “Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn. The sacrament of reconciliation, in particular, must be rediscovered as a fundamental dimension of the life of grace.”