Cardinal Timothy Dolan has written a searing response to Jesuit Father Thomas Reese for his bizarre proposal that the pro-life movement abandon its efforts to outlaw or restrict abortion to focus exclusively on assisting women in need. Father Reese’s strategy, Dolan wrote Friday, constitutes “a capitulation to the abortion culture, and a grave weakening of the powerful pro-life witness.”In his May 27 article in Religion News Service (RNS), Father Reese contended that defunding Planned Parenthood would be “irresponsible” while suggesting that a vote for pro-choice Democrats would somehow save more babies than electing pro-life Republicans. Reese, the former editor-in-chief of America magazine, said that “pro-lifers must consider voting for candidates, even pro-choice Democrats, who will reduce the number of abortions by supporting programs that help mothers and their children.” In his heavily political piece, Reese wrote that “pro-life voters must choose between Republican rhetoric and Democratic results” because abortion will always be legal. Cardinal Dolan, who is chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said such a strategy would be misguided and counterproductive. “His main assertion — that we give up all efforts to legally protect unborn human life, and work only to… Read full this story
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