Declaring War On Catholics

A number of Catholic thinkers set out a “pro-life, pro-Obama” position – disagreeing with Obama’s pro-choice views but trusting in his moderate instincts and conciliatory temperament. So far, Obama has done little to justify this faith. His initial actions on life issues – funding overseas abortion providers, removing restrictions from federally funded medical experimentation on human embryos, revisiting conscience protections for pro-life health care professionals – have ranged from conventional to radical. And this may be one reason why Obama’s support among Catholics has eroded. First, Obama has raised deep concerns among Catholic leaders by signaling he will overturn Bush’s executive order protecting health workers from firing and discrimination if they refuse to perform actions they consider morally objectionable. Catholic leaders want the president to be helpful, not neutral or hostile, in the protection of conscience.