The Georgia Catholic Bishops Oppose Human Life Amendment

In Georgia, the Catholic bishops have come out in opposition to a Human Life Amendment promoted by Georgia Right to Life. Deal Hudson has the details. The Catholic bishops and National Right to Life are against it; Georgia Right to Life and the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are in favor of it.

“We thought the time was right to offer this challenge to Roe,” explained [Brian] Rooney [of Thomas More Law Center]. But the Catholic bishops, and National Right to Life, disagreed. “They want to continue the abortion battle within the framework of Roe; we want to fight it by repealing it.” …

“The problem with the bishops taking this position,” according to Rooney, “is that it’s being used to label pro-lifers as extremists. This was clear at the hearings where the legislators cited the archbishop’s opposition to the amendment and by the dismissive way they treated those of us testifying for the bill.”

And the bishops made clear to Catholics that they must toe the party line on this, and advocate only those positions approved by the bishops.

After Archbishop Gregory announced his opposition to the amendment, the archdiocesan pro-life office sent out “guidelines” to all parish pro-life committees reminding their members that lobbying activities on specific legislation had to be preapproved by the archdiocese: “The Pro-Life Office will communicate with lay leaders when a decision has been made to participate in a public policy effort relating to the life issues.”

The text of the proposed amendment (which has been tabled in committee):

Paramount right to life. (a) The rights of every person shall be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life. The right to life is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person. (b) With respect to the fundamental and inalienable rights of all persons guaranteed in this Constitution, the word ‘person’ applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency, including unborn children at every state of their biological development, including fertilization.