New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan stated that the Democratic Party is anti-Catholic. The DNC Chairman Tom Perez said that there is no room in the Democratic tent for Pro-life politicians. He believes that the abortion issue is a Democratic “litmus test.” Mr. Perez stated that “every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health.” He also stated that abortion rights were “not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.” The Catholic Church has forever opposed abortion and even opposes many forms of birth control. If the beliefs of Mr. Perez are those of the Democratic Party, then certainly the Party IS anti-Catholic. The Democratic Party is not the party of John Kennedy (a Catholic) nor the same one my father staunchly supported as a blue-collar worker. They have gone off the deep end of the liberal spectrum. Depending on when you believe life begins, terminating a pregnancy could be considered murder. Traditionalists would likely believe that life begins at conception (the standing of the Catholic Church) while others believe that it is when there is a functioning heart and others believe that life begins at birth. As a healthcare provider I believe that any abortion procedure should be performed in a proper medical facility by properly trained medical personnel. I would hope that adoption would be considered as an option if there was not a medical necessity for an abortion. There are numerous ways to prevent pregnancy (including abstinence) and these would be preferable if a pregnancy is not desired.
I think the Democratic Party is misled if they believe all women support abortion and that supporting pro-choice ensures the female vote. Don’t expect the Catholic faith to EVER change their opposition to abortion. To proclaim abortion as the litmus test for all Dems will cost the party a good portion of the Catholic vote. America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and it would be a mistake to abandon them for extreme secularism. Heaven help us if we choose secularism over belief in a higher power.