Excommunicate Catholic Congressional Supporters of PP

April 5, 2011 09:00 AM


"Catholic Congressional Supporters of Planned Parenthood Should be Excommunicated"

Nation’s oldest Catholic pro-life group cites historical precedence for enemies of the church.

Washington, DC — American Life League released a YouTube video today suggesting that the 62 Catholic members of the House of Representatives who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood deserve excommunication. The four-minute video “Planned Parenthood: Anti-Catholic” documents a history of Planned Parenthood anti-Catholicism from founder Margaret Sanger to current day president Cecile Richards.

“There is no doubt that Planned Parenthood is, by every definition, an enemy of the Catholic faith,” said Michael Hichborn, host of American Life League Report. “Sanger identified the Church as her main opposition, Richards has formally excoriated Catholic bishops for pro-life teachings, and Catholic bishops have excommunicated members of Planned Parenthood in the past."

ALL says thousands of basic health care providers exist that do not promote abortion, homosexuality, and sexual acts to children in defiance of family and faith traditions. Therefore, elected representatives who are Catholic cannot hide behind flimsy separation-of-church-and-state arguments or suggest that funding Planned Parenthood is necessary to serve disadvantaged populations.

“Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the preborn child, of our children, and of Catholics. To support funding of Planned Parenthood is the ultimate hypocrisy that betrays all pretense of being Catholic in favor of the largest private abortion provider in the world,” Hichborn concluded.

American Life League is asking Catholics to contact these Catholic Representatives and their local bishops to express their feelings on Catholic support of Planned Parenthood.

ALL lists the following Catholic U.S. Representatives (alphabetical by last name) as voting “NO” to defund Planned Parenthood:

Jason Altmire, PA; Joe Baca, CA; Xavier Becerra, CA; Timothy H. Bishop, NY; Robert Brady, PA; Michael E. Capuano, MA; Dennis A. Cardoza, CA; John Carney, DE; Hansen Clarke, MI; William Lacy Clay, MO; Gerald E. Connolly, VA; Jim Costa, CA; Joe Courtney, CT; Mark Critz, PA; Joseph Crowley, NY; Henry Cuellar, TX; Peter DeFazio, OR; Rosa L. DeLauro, CT; John D. Dingell, MI; Richael F. Doyle, PA; Anna Eshoo, CA; Charlie Gonzalez, TX; Raul M. Grijalva, AZ; Richard Hanna, NY; Brian Higgins, NY; Maurice D. Hinchey, NY; Tim Holden, PA; Marcy Kaptur, OH; Dale E. Kildee, MI; Dennis J. Kucinich, OH; James R. Langevin, RI; John B. Larson, CT; Ben Ray Lujan, NM; Stephen F. Lynch, MA; Ed Markey, MA; Carolyn McCarthy, NY; James P. McGovern, MA; Jerry McNerney, CA; Michael H. Michaud, MA; George Miller, CA; James P. Moran, VA; Grace F. Napolitano, CA; Richard E. Neal, MA; Bill Owens,NY; Frank Pallone,NJ; Bill Pascrell,NJ; Ed Pastor, AZ; Nancy Pelosi, CA; Mike Quigley, IL; Charles B. Rangel, NY; Lucille Roybal-Allard, CA; Tim Ryan, OH; Linda T. Sanchez, CA; Loretta Sanchez, CA; Jose E. Serrano, NY; Albio Sires, NJ; Jackie Speier, CA; Mike Thompson, CA; Paul Tonko, NY; Nydia M. Velazquez, NY; Peter J. Visclosky, IN; Peter Welch, VT

Citizens can identify and find the contact information for U.S. Representatives at http://www.house.gov/.

Media inquiries, contact Paul E. Rondeau at 540.659.4942.PRondeau@ALL.org


Cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown, American Life League is the United State's oldest and largest Catholic grassroots pro-life organization. ALL is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org or call 540-659-4171.

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