Archdiocese on Congressional funding of abortion in DC

Women and children need assistance, not more abortions

July 10, 2009

“The votes by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to overturn the longstanding ban on taxpayer-funded abortions in the District of Columbia flies in the face of common sense and the will of the people,” said Christa Lopiccolo, director of life issues for the Archdiocese of Washington.

The provision to repeal the Dornan Amendment, which has been in place for most of the past two decades, is included in the proposed FY 2010 budget for the United States. The budget was voted on by both the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees this week.

“With an abortion rate exceeding 40 percent in the District of Columbia, it is difficult to imagine what justification anyone could have to increase abortion funding. Not only that, but national polls show that the majority of Americans oppose abortion. It is unconscionable that their tax money now could be used to destroy innocent human life,” Lopiccolo said.

She pointed out that the Obama Administration and many members of Congress publicly have stated a goal of reducing the need for abortion. “Removing restrictions on abortion funding will do nothing to achieve that goal, but likely will increase the number of abortions performed in the District of Columbia,” she said.

The Archdiocese of Washington encourages Congressional leaders to prioritize the protection of human life and support for women and children in need.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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