Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Austin Bishop asks Travis County to Stop Funding Abortions

The Diocese of Austin is leading an effort to de-fund an abortion "clinic" in Travis County that is funded, in part, by county money:
Here is more information from the diocesan website:
Central Health of Travis County, primarily funded by property taxes, has budgeted $450,000 for elective abortions for Travis County residents meeting poverty guidelines.

Your help is urgently needed with our Diocesan-wide effort, which includes:
1. Pray for the end of government subsidized abortions and for a Culture of Life
2. Taking immediate action regarding this Advocacy Alert.

Non-Travis County residents are urged to pass this alert to Travis County residents -- to friends, relatives and co-workers.

Travis County residents are urged to contact Central Health to stop the use of county taxes being spent on abortions.

Sample Message
Poor women need help providing for their children, not eliminating them through abortion. Women deserve better than abortion from Central Health, and county taxpayers deserve better use of their funds.

Contact Information for the Central Health Board of Managers:
Phone: 512-978-8000
Mail: Board of Managers, Travis County Healthcare District
1111 East Cesar Chavez Street; Austin, Texas 78702

3. Voice your opposition to abortion funding at the public hearings.
There will be two public hearings of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year:
Wed, Sept. 1 5:30 p.m. 1111 E Cesar Chavez St.
Thurs, Sept. 9 6:30 p.m. Ned Granger Building, 314 West 11th St
Please attend the hearings to witness your opposition by your prayerful presence. Bring your rosary for silent prayer. You may sign up to speak, if you so choose.
For more information call (512) 949-2486
The Austin American Statesman has picked up the story,
Here is part of what Bishop Joe Vasquez wrote to the board:
“At the heart of our concern is this: Those who assist in the procurement of an abortion are morally culpable for their actions,” the bishop wrote in a letter to the board. “Voting to allocate these funds carries moral weight for the Board of Managers and at the same time has implications for all those who pay taxes. As Catholics and Christians we dutifully pay our taxes, but doing so should not violate our conscience.”
The author of the article throws in this misunderstanding of Church teaching:
I sent some questions to Gonzalez seeking a response from the bishop about other moral issues that also are odds with the Catholic Church’s teachings but spend taxpayer money. For example, given the church’s opposition to the death penalty, does Vasquez plan to make a similar pronouncement regarding the death penalty and state spending? What about spending on war? Only under very strict conditions does the Catholic Church assert that armed conflict is valid and never “from a spirit of vengeance,” according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishop hasn’t responded yet, but I will post his comments when he does.
The author does not understand the distinctions between teachings. As I have written previously, abortion is not just one issue among others. Because without life, no other rights matter.

Help our diocese in this effort against abortion.

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