Bishops Confront Obama on Abortion

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The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are vowing to confront the Obama administration over its support of abortion rights.

Several bishops say they will accept no compromise on abortion policy.

During a meeting in Baltimore, Md., the bishops drafted a document, agreeing that "aggressively pro-abortion policies as an attack against the church."

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, Pa., took issue with Vice President-elect Joe Biden, who is originally from Scranton, is Catholic, and supports abortion rights.

"I cannot have a Vice President-elect coming to Scranton to say he's learned his values there when those values are utterly against the teachings of the Catholic Church," Martino said.

Many disagreed with those Catholics who argued it was morally acceptable to back Obama because he pledged to reduce abortion rates. Exit polling data showed that 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama.

Church leaders say they worry that any expansion in abortion rights could require Catholic hospitals to perform abortions or lose federal funding.

But pediatrician and president of Catholic Democrats Patrick Whelan says angry statements from leaders of the church will only alienate Catholics.

Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United said, "we honestly want to move past the deadlock" on abortion, adding that church leaders are making that harder to do.

"What are the bishops going to do now?" Korzen said. "`They have burned a lot of bridges with the Democrats and the new administration."

The discussion about abortion happened the same day the bishops approved a new "Blessing of a Child in the Womb."

The blessing seeks God for a healthy pregnancy and asks that "our civic rulers" perform their duties "while respecting the gift of human life."

Source: The Associated Pess

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