Archdiocese opposes federal budget proposals for taxpayer-funded abortion; calls for assistance for women and children in need

June 26, 2009

Yesterday, a U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations subcommittee acted to overturn a longstanding ban on taxpayer funded abortions in the District of Columbia. The provision, which was buried in President Barack Obama’s FY 2010 budget, will be taken up by the House Appropriations Committee after the July 4 recess. As Christa Lopiccolo, director of life issues for the Archdiocese of Washington, noted:

“More than 40 percent of all pregnancies in the District of Columbia already end in abortion. In fact, Washington, DC has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. President Obama is on record as saying he wants to reduce the number of abortions. Removing restrictions on its funding will do nothing to achieve that goal, but will likely increase the number of abortions performed in the District of Columbia.

“Women don’t need more abortions. They need access to services that nurture and support the life of their children. The difficulty and confusion of an unintended pregnancy deserves loving and compassionate care. In addition, it is unconscionable that funds from taxpayers – the majority of whom oppose abortion according to national surveys – would be used to destroy innocent human life.

“It is our hope and prayer that Congressional leaders will reject taxpayer funding of abortion, thereby protecting both the sanctity of life and the consciences of the District’s residents, and instead focus their efforts and their votes on helping women and their children.”

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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