Denis Hart, the Archbishop of Victoria is warning Catholic hospitals in Victoria could close their maternity wards if a new abortion law passes. The law would force doctor who object to performing abortions to refer women to an abortion provider. It appears the Archbishop's warning aren't going unheeded. Proponents of the bill don't seem to fully grasp why doctors who oppose performing abortions don't want to refer women to abortion providers.
Steven Waldman on the disappearance of Barack Obama's abortion reduction plan:
My uninformed theory on what's happened:there was always a tension for them between two goals: 1) appealing to pro-choice moderate women and 2) appealing to pro-life moderate evangelicals and Catholics. They've now concluded:
Winning moderate evangelicals is hopeless and, it turns out, centrist Catholics just dont care all that much abortion. Given that, it makes more political sense to reach out to those pro-choice women.
Of course this obviously leaves them open to charges that they didn't believe in abortion reduction all that much in the first place.
On a similar note, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, sent a letter to all members of Congress regarding the Freedom of Choice Act along with a legal analysis of what FOCA would do. In the letter he notes how FOCA will the have opposite effect of the supposed bi-partisan goal of reducing abortion.
"However," wrote Cardinal Rigali, "there is one thing absolutely everyone should be able to agree on: We can't reduce abortions by promoting abortion.... No one who sponsors or supports legislation like FOCA can credibly claim to be part of a good-faith discussion on how to reduce abortions."What did Barack Obama promise would be the first thing he did once elected president? That's right.