Dem. Rep. Slammed After Claim Abortion is ‘Consistent’ With Catholicism

Democratic Representative from Connecticut Rosa DeLauro drew outrage from Catholics and the pro-life movement after falsely claiming that the right to an abortion was a “fundamental tenet” of her own Catholic faith.

Speaking on Twitter, DeLauro claimed the following:

“I am a Catholic—baptized, raised, and confirmed. The fundamental tenets of my faith compel me to defend a women’s right to access abortion. I am proudly part of the faithful large majority of US Catholics who support legal protections for abortion access.” ~Rosa DeLauro on Twitter

The Catholic Church, as an institution, wholly rejects abortion, arguing that it violates the sanctity of human life and rejects God’s gift of it, according to the “Catholic News Agency.”

Self-proclaimed Catholic Representative Rosa DeLauro speaking in Washington, D.C.
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The “Catholic Democrat” argument directly contradicts Donum Vitae, a statement released by John Paul II that addressed pro-abortion advances in the West. The 1987 Catholic document says of abortion:

“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” ~Donum Vitae

Despite church doctrine being clearly and consistently pro-life, more than two dozen other Catholic Democrats wound up signing on to Representative DeLauro’s controversial statement.

“The fundamental tenets of our Catholic faith — social justice, conscience, and religious freedom — compel us to defend a woman’s right to access abortion. We are committed to advocating for the respect and protection of those making the decision if and when to have children.” ~Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s Press Statement

Suffice it to say, DeLauro’s abridged version of the statement was “ratioed” on Twitter, with more than 4,000 respondees condemning the remarks.

RealClear Politics Writer Mark Hemingway pointed out the obvious flaw with the Democrats’ “fundamental tenet” claim, saying:

“I don’t have any idea what ‘fundamental’ is supposed to mean here, but the literal tenets of her faith say abortion is a serious sin.”

Echoing the sentiment, conservative pundit Liz Wheeler posted a heavy-hitting response to her nearly one million followers in which she accused DeLauro of “rejecting Catholicism and Christ.”

One user called “Cynical Publius” issued a mocking response, declaring sarcastically that he was also “part of the faithful… who support legal protections for mortal sin.”

“I am a Catholic–baptized, raised and confirmed. I am also pro-adultery, pro-fornication, pro-taking the Lord’s name in vain, pro-dishonoring my father and mother, pro-stealing and pro-doing unto others as I would hate having done unto me. The fundamental tenets of my faith compel me to defend everyone’s right to access adultery, fornication, patricide, theft and messing with other people’s lives in a way you would never do to yourself. I am proudly part of the faithful large majority of US Catholics who support legal protections for mortal sin.”

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