June 9, 2011
Pro-Life Voters Pick UNFPA for Budget Cutting
A recent E-Notes suggested that pro-lifers visit You-Cut, a weekly program sponsored by Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (VA) and managed by the freshmen GOP Congressional members, in which several federal programs are selected for cutting and online voters pick one to get fiscal year 2012 budget cuts. The United Nations Population Fund Agency has been a strong partner with China in enforcing that country’s barbaric one-child policy with forced abortions and sterilization.
Thanks to our E-Notes readers, the UNPFA received the most defunding votes, and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is sponsoring legislation which will cut federal money to the agency, saving taxpayers $400 million over a ten-year period. Rep. Ellmers notes that this program was not funded under either the Reagan or the George H.W. Bush administrations. However, in 2009, President Obama restored $55 million in U.S. funding. House Republicans have negotiated that amount down to $40 million for FY 2011 and hope to defund the program completely under the Ellmers bill.
To track the progress of this legislation and others selected to be cut, visit selected to be cut on the You-Cut website.
Future E-Notes: Watch for our upcoming tracking of the GOP Presidential hopefuls regarding their pro-life positions. As we research their positions and records, we welcome your sending us statements, etc. from any of the Republicans seeking the GOP Presidential nomination.
Did Pope Benedict and Biden
Discuss the VP’s Abortion Stand?
Speculation abounds concerning a recent visit to the Vatican by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who believes Catholics can support abortion while calling himself a “practicing Catholic,” met with Pope Benedict XVI in an unannounced meeting which did not appear on the published daily schedule and a Vatican spokesman has refused to comment on the “totally private” meeting between the two. Biden was in Rome to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s reunification.
According to a Delaware News Journal interview with Biden last January, pro-abortion Biden claimed concerning abortion, “But throughout the church’s history, we’ve argued between whether or not it is wrong in every circumstance and the degree of wrong. Catholics have this notion, it’s almost a gradation.”
This misrepresented the Catholic position and brought strong reprimands from church officials, including the recently-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a strong pro-life advocate. “It bothers me if any politician, Catholic or not, is for abortion,” Archbishop Dolan has said. “Because in my mind, we’re talking about a civil right, we’re not talking about a matter of Catholic Church discipline. We can’t allow the noble pro-life cause to be reduced to a denominational issue.” As far back as 2008, the Archbishop had stated, “Church tradition is equally clear that bishops are the authentic teachers of the faith. So, when prominent Catholics publicly misrepresent timeless Church doctrine — as Biden and Pelosi regrettably did (to say nothing of erring in biology!) — a bishop has the duty to clarify.”
To other “pro-abortion Catholics” who do not support and follow the church’s pro-life doctrines, Archbishop Dolan asks this question: “Does the baby alive in the womb (a biological, not a doctrinal, fact) deserve the full protection of the law or not? Does one have the right to terminate the life of another at will? Can we consider one form of life — that of the innocent, fragile baby in the womb — inferior and expendable? We cannot be mute on this premier civil rights issue of our day,” he warns.