Statement From The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D. In Collaboration With Central California Right To Life
The Catholic Church and the broader pro-life community of Central California expresses its complete opposition to and condemnation of the extreme, late-term abortion law passed in the State of New York and recently defeated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
These proposals legalize abortion up to the point of birth, allow non-physicians to perform abortions, allow children who survive a late-term abortion to be deprived of life-sustaining treatment, and remove conscience protections from medical personnel who morally oppose such practices. Late-term abortions are never medically necessary, and like all forms of abortion, they are grave attacks on the dignity of the human person.
We also decry the fact that New York’s law was passed with critical support from Catholic politicians. We reiterate the teaching of St. John Paul II, that it is never permissible to campaign for or vote for laws permitting the further liberalization of abortion. Evangelium vitae 73. We also echo his call for political leaders, particularly Christians, to work towards the establishment of “a just order in defense and promotion of the value of life.” Evangelium vitae 90.
We urge our local and statewide elected officials to support policies that safeguard and defend innocent unborn life. We stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling upon our Senators Feinstein and Harris, as well as our local Members of the House of Representatives, to vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and to reintroduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We also earnestly pray that the Supreme Court will reconsider its abortion jurisprudence, and overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
We do not condemn women who, under various social and moral pressures, might have chosen abortion. Imitating Jesus Christ, the Church stands firm in its condemnation of sin, and equally firm in the mercy, forgiveness, and compassion we offer to those who need our aid. The Catholic Church strives to offer hope, healing, and alternatives to abortion through the Sacraments, the Church’s various social assistance ministries, and through services from non-profit organizations like Rachel’s Vineyard and our various Valley adoption agencies.
Contact: John Gerardi, Executive Director, Central California Right To Life, [email protected] , (559) 229-2229