Ladies for Life

USCCB’s Susan E. Wills takes on Time’s Amy Sullivan

Posted on: February 26, 2009

The article “Why Fight FOCA Now?” at National Review Online begins:

Writing for Time magazine, Amy Sullivan recently ridiculed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] for its “crusade against a mythical abortion bill,” the Freedom of Choice Act. As someone who helps handle pro-life activities for the Conference, allow me to defend our actions — and to demonstrate that her account is rife with inaccuracies and non sequiturs.

The main focus of Sullivan’s article is a nationwide campaign encouraging Catholic laypeople to send postcards to their elected representatives, but Sullivan shows no sign of having read those postcards. She writes that the cards are directed toward the White House, but in fact the sole target is Congress. The message is not limited to FOCA, either; the cards urge members of Congress: “Please oppose FOCA or any similar measure, and retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion. These laws are vulnerable right now, and may be weakened or rescinded by Congress as it finalizes the omnibus appropriations bill that passed the House this week.

More broadly, Sullivan’s article boils down to four arguments. All four are based on either untruths or faulty logic.

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