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BY Pat Archbold
Pro-lifers everywhere are on pins and needles waiting to see the fate of the abortion funding Obamacare bill.
As Catholic pro-lifers we have tried everything we could to stop this bill or at the very least stop the funding of abortion. First there was the Stupak amendment, but as many congress-watchers knew at the time that it would likely make little difference. The real battle has always been in the Senate and they don’t care about abortion in the Senate. Heck, the ostensibly pro-life Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania folded before the cards were even dealt proving once and for all that the only life he is pro is his own.
But then, then it seemed that there might be one true pro-life Democrat in the Senate in the person of Senator Ben Nelson. His unequivocal statement about never voting for a bill that funded abortion, wasn’t. This dramatic statement was merely a bluff intended to sweeten his end of the deal. His blatant corruption and vote selling has now made him one of the most despised people in the country somewhere between Tiger Woods and Jon Gosselin.
Pro-lifers everywhere were devastated. It seemed there was no hope. But now there remains one glimmer of hope left and that hope is that a pro-choice Republican wins Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts.
This is what it has come to. Our pro-life hopes are pinned to a Republican, a pro-choice Republican, winning in Kennedyland and if some recent polls are to be believed, it just might happen. They say God works in mysterious ways and I think it is true. The Coakley campaign has slipped on so many of its own well-placed banana peels, one must suspect divine intervention of the dim-witted kind.
While Republican Scott Brown is pro-choice he opposes partial-birth abortion and supports conscience clauses. His opponent, Democrat and Catholic Martha Coakley is so virulently ant-life that she opposes conscience clauses and has even gone so far as to suggest that practicing Catholics should not work in emergency rooms. The Catholic in the race has subsequently been accused of anti-Catholicism. You can’t make this stuff up.
So now that pro-life Democrats and Senate Catholics have completely failed us, our only hope is a pro-choice Republican.
While I remain somewhat skeptical of all the polling (this is Massachusetts after all), I will continue to pray, pray for life, pray for hope, pray for all those children, and pray for the pro-choice Republican to win and the Catholic to lose.
I sure hope God doesn’t get confused, because I sure am.