21 February 2009

GOP Leaders Boehner & McCotter Thank Cardinal Rigali for Letter to Congress on Protecting the Unborn

PRESS RELEASE

Republicans Accept Pope Benedict XVI’s Call to “Proclaim the Gift of Life, to Serve Life, and Promote a Culture of Life”

Washington, Feb 17 - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) today sent a letter to Cardinal Justin Rigali of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops thanking him for a Feb. 5 letter the Cardinal sent to all Members of Congress urging legislators to fight to protect the sanctity of unborn human life.

“We stand with you in the defense of all human life,” Boehner and McCotter wrote in their letter. “[W]e are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion.”

“We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, ‘proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life,’” the GOP legislators wrote.

NOTE: Cardinal Rigali is chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. A copy of the Boehner-McCotter letter is available here; the text of the letter follows:

February 17, 2009

His Eminence Justin Francis Rigali
Chairman, Committee for Pro-Life Activities
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-1194

Your Eminence:

As members of the House Republican leadership, we would like to thank you for the February 5, 2009 letter you sent to each Member of Congress. We stand with you in the defense of all human life and look forward to working with you during the 111th Congress.

Despite the limitations of being in the minority, we are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion, particularly those you cite: the Hyde Amendment, the Dickey/Wicker Amendment, the Hyde/Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment and the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, it was suggested that the Democratic majority is taking a “go-slow” approach on “abortion-rights” legislation. We know their desire is to codify Roe v. Wade, and we will not be caught off-guard by attempts to achieve this goal, whether directly or incrementally. We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, “proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of assistance to you.

Respectfully,

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
House Republican Leader

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
Chairman
House Republican Policy Committee