PRESS RELEASE from Fidelis
Catholics Fear Obama Considering Pro-Abortion Catholic Veep -
Kaine, Biden, Dodd or Sebelius Could Prompt Backlash
CHICAGO – Catholic voters attuned to speculation over
possible vice presidential candidates are expressing concern over
reports that Senator Barack Obama is seriously considering a
pro-abortion Catholic as his running mate. According to Fidelis,
a national Catholic based advocacy group, such a choice would represent
a major insult to Catholic voters who are still evaluating his
“The choice of a pro-abortion Catholic for vice president would deal a
major blow to any efforts by the Obama campaign to reach out to
Catholic voters,” said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis. “Both
the bishops and the laity continue to wrestle with the scandal of
prominent Catholic politicians who support abortion, and the choice of
a pro-abortion Catholic running mate would amount to scratching at a
deep and festering wound in the American Catholic Church.”
Most recently, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has been discussed as a good
fit for Obama given his Catholic faith and purported ‘pro-life’ views.
“Tim Kaine deserves some credit for supporting a ban on partial birth
abortion, but he has also made clear that he is totally committed to
protecting the right to kill unborn children, in direct opposition to
his Church,” said Burch.
“Opposing the barbaric practice of infanticide is better than Barack
Obama, but it hardly qualifies one as pro-life,” said Burch.
“Sadly Kaine represents yet another politician who professes to be
‘personally opposed’ yet refuses to back any meaningful efforts to stop
abortion in America.”
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius also has received attention as a
possible running mate, yet her own Bishop recently asked that she
refrain from receiving communion because of her heavy handed opposition
to any effort to protect women and children from the tragedy of
abortion. The Catholic governor was also recently exposed for
hosting notorious late term abortion doctor George Tiller at the
Separately, Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd have both been mentioned
as possible vice presidential picks. Both Senators are notorious
supporters of abortion with consistent voting records in support of
abortion. Dodd also recently insulted millions of Catholics by
receiving communion during the papal mass celebrated by Benedict
“Given his position on abortion, everyone expects Senator Obama to
select a pro-abortion vice presidential candidate. But the choice
of a Catholic who publicly rejects the teachings of their faith on this
‘foundational’ issue could be disastrous,” said Burch. “Just ask
John Kerry or Rudy Giuliani.”
Fidelis (Latin for faithful) is the
universal name for a group of Catholic-based political, legal, research
and educational organizations whose collective mission it is to
formulate, promote, and defend public policies that uphold religious
freedom, human life from conception to natural death, and the
traditional institutions of marriage and family.
Our structure and approach is designed to coordinate the efforts of
four related organizations under a comprehensive structure and unifying
vision in order to effectively shape public debate, influence public
policy, and defend critical freedoms in areas consistent with its
mission. In this objective, Fidelis is unique in combining political,
legal, policy and educational components at the service of one mission.
Fidelis consists of four organizations:
The universal name Fidelis is our flagship 501(c)(4) membership
organization engaged in lobbying, public education, and the advancement
of issues related to life, faith, and family.
Under its universal designation, Fidelis works to shape public debate
and formulates public policy that promotes religious freedom, values
human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family.
Fidelis Political Action is a federal Political Action Committee (PAC).
Members of Fidelis can contribute to this PAC to help elect candidates
who support a culture of life, traditional marriage and family friendly
Fidelis Center for Law and Policy is our 501(c)3 legal and educational
arm established to organize, coordinate, and engage in strategic
litigation designed to defend religious liberty, the traditional
family, and a culture of life. The Center works with expert attorneys
across the country to initiate, fund, and coordinate legal efforts.
Fidelis Media Fund is a public-education entity set up as an IRS
Section 527 organization. The Media Fund participates in public
education campaigns to champion religious freedom, a culture of life
and marriage and the family by engaging voters and concerned citizens
on important policy issues and judicial nominations. The media fund
develops compelling and sharply-focused mailings, print, radio and
television advertising to reinforce grassroots initiatives on these
same fronts. Our team is reinforced by media experts who have a wealth
of experience in political and corporate media projects.