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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Jon O'Brien
Marking the 40th anniversary this week of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, The Washington Times asked leading advocates on both sides of the issue to discuss the ruling, the present state of the abortion debate and where American attitudes on abortion are heading in the coming years.
When President Obama was elected in 2008 with a 100 percent approval rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, he brought in supercharged hopes that he would make historic advances for abortion rights — especially with support from a Democrat-led Congress.
"If the pope is serious about turning the page on this scandal, he should immediately dismiss any bishop who oversaw a diocese in which a priest who abused children was shielded from the civil authorities," said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. "There can be no place in our church for bishops or priests who put children at risk. From now on, there must be zero tolerance for bishops who shield child abusers."
"We hope he takes steps to ensure that his more open view of how the church should deal with people trickles down to his brother bishops around the world," and also at the United Nations, where "the Vatican continues to take extreme positions against contraception, abortion and sexual and reproductive rights," Mr. O'Brien said.