- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am amazed by the suggestions in the opinion column “Catholic voters hold the power to change elections” (Commentary, July 5) about ways Republicans might reach Catholics. The Bible and the Catholic Church’s stance against abortion should be enough to assure that no Catholic or Protestant would ever vote for any candidate from the pro-abortion Democratic Party.

There are many instances in the Bible that refer to a pregnant woman as a woman being “with child.” That is a child in the womb, not a blob of tissuelike tonsils that can be removed and discarded. In Exodus 21:22-24, God set the punishment of “life for life, eye for eye” for anyone killing or injuring an unborn baby.

According to the column, Catholics are concerned with the disadvantaged and vulnerable and the rights to health care and education. No one fits that description better than an innocent, unborn baby in the womb, and the rights to health care and education are meaningless if you were never born because you were aborted.

If you are a Catholic who supported abortions in the past - and this includes voting for pro-abortion Democratic candidates - you need to repent and be forgiven the next time you go to confession. As a bumper sticker says, “You can’t be Catholic and pro-choice.” However, I believe this sticker should read “Christian” instead of “Catholic.”

ROBERT BOUDREAUX

Waldorf, Md.

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