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“Pro-life” politicians and a culture of life

I meant to write about this last week, but Republican Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-Michigan) went after the group Catholics United in an opinion piece in the National Review, because Catholics United had the audacity to ask the question: Is it pro-life to vote against S-CHIP?

Is it pro-life to vote against health care for children? That’s an easy answer – no. But tell that to Rep. McCotter, who voted against the S-CHIP legislation and by default, voted against health care coverage for millions of children. I wonder if this is another example of a “pro-life” politician failing to recognize that life exists beyond the moment of birth?

McCotter went full throttle on Catholics United, calling them false prophets, characterizi ng them as the devil, and saying that they were committing a sin by suggesting that “pro-life” politicians shouldn’t have voted against S-CHIP. Clearly Catholics United struck a chord with Rep. McCotter.

And for good reason: for far too long, “pro-life” politicians have been able to get away with voting for war, voting against health coverage, voting to scale back social programs for the poor, and voting for education cuts, while failing to recognize that these votes cut against the grain of the “culture of life” they supposedly champion.

McCotter’s mad because someone called him on his hypocrisy – that he may label himself pro-life, but his definition of “life” ends at birth. As a devout Catholic who publicly tosses around his faith, McCotter should know that a definition of life that fails to encompass health care for children is not only incomplete, it’s contrary to the own social teachings of his faith.


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3 Responses to ““Pro-life” politicians and a culture of life”

  1. Bravo to Catholics United for saying what needed to be said. McCotter sure sounds like a winner. Hopefully his current term in the House will be his last.

  2. About time someone called one of the “holier than thou” types to the carpet for their subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) hypocrisy.

  3. So, does this mean that “liberal” Catholics (an oxymoron) believe in the statement, “Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em; Your Childrens’ Health May Depend On It”"? Is that the leftists idea of being “pro-life”?

    One thing that leftists know how to do is to frame an argument based on a lie and stick to the lie as truth. Take this ludicrous statement:

    As a devout Catholic who publicly tosses around his faith, McCotter should know that a definition of life that fails to encompass health care for children is not only incomplete, it’s contrary to the own social teachings of his faith.

    Do the social teachings of the Catholic faith include health care that is the exclusive property of the federal government (and don’t give me any of that “government of the people” crap; I’m talking about the bureaucracy needed to run the thing, which is not made up of “the people”)? McCotter doesn’t say he doesn’t want health care for children. He is pointing out the duplicitousn ess of the group Catholics United as nothing more than a fringe group of leftists who, in my opinion, steal the word “Catholic” for their own means (much like leftists have stolen every word when they discuss themselves, especially the words “liberal” and “progressive ”; leftists are neither.

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