Cardinal Bevilacqua Hails Vote Against Partial-Birth Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 6, 2003 ( Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua hailed the House of Representatives vote to ban partial-birth abortion and said nothing in the Constitution defends “so violent and so painful” a medical procedure.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua, chairman of the U.S bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, said in a statement: “In voting to ban this procedure, one of the most heinous acts ever perpetrated upon an unborn child, Congress is in harmony with the vast majority of Americans who find this violent act intolerable and want it stopped.”

“We hope and expect that President George W. Bush will sign the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act into law as soon as possible,” the cardinal continued. “Abortion advocates have said they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in court.

“Nothing in our Constitution demands that unborn children must be subjected to a procedure so violent and so painful. To allow the brutal killing of a child mere inches from being born is barbaric. To cloak the act in the Constitution is a national disgrace.”

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