Head of “Catholic” Pro-Abortion Group Calls New York Law for Abortions Up to Birth “Inspiring”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 5, 2019   |   11:26AM   |   Washington, DC

Catholics for Choice is not an actual Catholic group affiliated with the Catholic Church. But it likes to use the faith to bring legitimacy to its radical pro-abortion position.

In an op-ed Tuesday at The Hill, its president Jon O’Brien coupled the “Catholic” name with his praise for states that are passing new laws to expand abortions.

He called pro-abortion politicians “moral leaders” for supporting the unrestricted killing of unborn babies, and described new pro-abortion laws in New York, Illinois and Oregon “inspiring.”

“These legislative wins show what moral leadership is about and what most Americans, including faithful Americans, expect from their leaders,” he wrote.

He praised Virginia Del. Kathy Tran for introducing such a bill last month in the state legislature. Tran faced a huge backlash after admitting that her bill would have allowed unborn babies to be aborted up to the point when a woman is about to give birth – even if there is no physical threat to her health. The legislation failed in committee.

O’Brien has no problem with Tran’s bill. In fact, he supports it, and he argued that all Americans should, too.

“The moral responsibility of decision making, at whatever the gestation, should rest with women, their doctors and their families, because only they can know their circumstances and the results of their actions,” O’Brien said. “There is no reason to assume that any higher burden of justification is required than for earlier procedures.”

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He continued:

… I found Delegate Tran’s answers on later abortion refreshing. I was relieved to see her talk openly about the real situations women can face around fatal fetal anomalies and stand up for policies that would make these situations less painful and bureaucratic for a grieving family.

I saw in Delegate Tran a willingness to consider the ethical and medical questions and to not shy away from offering thoughtful and unequivocal support for a law that would facilitate later abortion when a woman needs it. Her honesty and commitment to put the needs of her constituents first — and to not play coy with politically correct answers that negate the lived realities of real women facing later abortion decisions—should be lauded, not attacked.

O’Brien went on to slam President Donald Trump for his pro-life policies.

“[Trump] has shown time and again a willingness to throw women under the bus as political payback to a narrow group of ideological arch-conservatives,” he argued. “Most recently, President Trump and the anti-choice lobby have gone after Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran for defending a bill that would provide greater protections to women who need a later abortion.”

He cited a poll by his own pro-abortion group indicating that 60 percent of Catholics believe abortion should be legal. But it is a broad oversimplification of public opinions.

Numerous other polls have found that legislation such as Tran’s is radically out of touch with most Americans’ views on abortion. According to a national poll conducted by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. A May 2018 Gallup poll similarly found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

Very few share O’Brien’s so-called morality that defends killing innocent, unique human children in their most defenseless stage of life. The outrage over New York’s new law and the Virginia bill have been palpable. Americans are realizing just how radically pro-abortion Democrat leaders are, and soundly rejecting the notion that the legal “right” to kill an innocent human child is worth celebrating.