For John, BLUF: Vermont is, in my humble opinion, heading in the wrong direction. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The [Boston] Pilot, by the Catholic News Agency Staff, 22 February 2019.
Here is the lede plus five:
Burlington, Vt., Feb 22, 2019 CNA.- With a bill to legalize abortion for any reason until birth advancing in Vermont, the local Catholic bishop has stressed that defending unborn babies is a matter of human rights.With regard to abortion this has to be about educating Mothers. Educating them as to the fact that they are carrying an individual life. Educating them as to what options are available to them if they feel they don't wish to raise a child.
“Do we really want to allow this? Do we really want to test the limits of where human brokenness can take us? Please God, no,” Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington said in a Feb. 15 statement.
Coyne cited his previous comments from January, saying the bill goes beyond Roe v. Wade and “does not recognize a viable life at any stage of pregnancy.”
“This bill will legalize infanticide. This is wrong,” he said.
The Vermont House of Representatives passed H. 57, called the “The Freedom of Choice Act,” on Feb. 21 by a vote of 106-36.
The bill had at least 90 co-sponsors in the House and has strong support in the state Senate. It claims to “safeguard the right to abortion” by ensuring it is not “denied, restricted, or infringed.” It bars the prosecution of “any individual” who performs or attempts to perform an abortion.
Bigger than the narrow abortion issue is the one of judging that there is life unworthy of life. If this idea gains ground it will not be held narrowly to the issue of abortion but will become a broader issue with regard to children and adults, to include the elderly.nbsp; Some will speak of quality of life, which is a cover for saying that some humans are disposable. This is something we need to resist, lest we become like Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and other nations, such as Cambodia under Pol Pot or China during the great leap forward.
Regards — Cliff