By Tom Quiner
“You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period.”
These pointed words are stated by Fr. James Altman (above) from the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, in a video burning up the internet. More than a quarter of a million people have watched it on YouTube alone. Fr. Altman will surely get some pushback from some of his fellow clerics, even though Catholic Church documents, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, state that Catholics can’t directly support certain issues such as abortion.
We’ll leave it to them to wrangle over the sensitive issue of forming consciences of faithful citizenship.
The Democratic Party has become radical on abortion
Iowans for LIFE is a non-partisan group, which supports the reproductive teachings of the Catholic Church. Many Catholic voters simply don’t realize how radical the Democratic Party has become on the issue of abortion. As we have written in previous blogposts, the party calls for:
- Taxpayer funded abortions for the full nine months of pregnancy.
- A pre-clearance requirement on pro-life legislation passed by states, which would effectively nullify pro-life efforts at the state level.
A Marist Poll revealed that a majority of Democratic voters want abortion restricted to the first trimester, which is when a majority of abortions occur. Nonetheless, the Centers for Disease Control estimate more than 10,000 late term abortions occur each year. By contrast, police shot and killed nine unarmed black men in 2019 (source: Washington Post database).
Nine unarmed black men vs. 10,000 unarmed late term babies, ALL tragic.
But the former causes riots that are ripping our nation apart. The deaths of the latter are supported by the same people who defend the rioters.
Here’s the point…
The point: a vote for Democratic candidates by Catholic voters is a vote for a continuation and expansion of this holocaust on viable, unborn babies.
It gets worse. Democrats oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. This is the most reasonable legislation in the world. It …
- Creates criminal penalties for doctors who withhold medical care to babies who survive an abortion attempt.
- Mandates that these survivors be transported from the abortion clinic to a real hospital for medical treatment.
- Mandates that these health-care practitioners report violations.
- Grants women cause for action against her abortionist.
- Protects mothers from prosecution.
Democrats assert that the law would “unnecessarily restrict doctors from making case-by-case decisions about what is best for infants and mothers,” which is nonsense.
The language of the bill explicitly refutes the assertion, simply requiring doctors to …
“exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
In other words, the bill doesn’t allow doctors to discriminate on the basis of whether the baby is wanted or unwanted.
Democrats insist ‘born alive’ legislation isn’t necessary
Democratic politicians assert that there’s no need for this legislation, as it never happens. They are wrong. Just ask Melissa Ohden (below).
A variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, estimate that more than 1200 babies survive an abortion attempt each year and are born-alive. This bill would require an abortion clinic to transport the infant to the hospital to save her life, report the incident, and be subject to legal sanction if they don’t comply with either. The bill doesn’t stand a chance if Democrats control either the White House or either house of Congress.
So now you know
If you are Catholic and you vote for Democratic candidates, you now know that if your candidates get their way:
- Human abortion will increase in America, because …
- Taxpayers will be forced to pay for it, even though it violates their religious convictions.
- State legislatures will be blocked from regulating abortion at the state level.
- And babies who survive an abortion attempt won’t stand a chance.
Any way you cut it, Catholic voters who vote Democrat support this culture of death and destruction by electing politicians who openly admit their intention to expand human abortion. That’s our takeaway from Fr. James Altman.
[This post was originally published at IowansForLIFE.org. Thanks for permission to re-publish it at Quiner’s Diner.]