The November 6th election offers Catholic
voters of Virginia a striking contrast. The Republican team for Governor,
Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General comprised of Mark Earley, Jay
Katzen, and Jerry Kilgore announced their strong pro-life convictions
from their nominating convention in Richmond last spring. They have unwaveringly
stood by them throughout the campaign. Their Democratic opponents Mark
Warner, Tim Kaine and Donald McEeachin favor unrestricted abortion through
all nine months of pregnancy.
Warner in his Action Plan for Virginia promises
to "fight efforts to chip away at a woman's right to choose." He disingenuously
claims to oppose "post viability abortions" but supports a "health" exception,
continuing the hypocrisy begun in Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision
to Roe v. Wade. Doe defined health to include the mother's mental state,
her family situation, and her age, loopholes big enough to allow even
the gruesome partial birth abortion method used in late pregnancy.
Virginia Democrats continue a terrible electoral tradition
begun in 1993 by nominating a pro-abortion Catholic. Timothy Kaine, the
forty-three year old Mayor of Richmond who sings in the choir at St. Elizabeth's
Church in the city is running for Lieutenant Governor as an advocate of
unlimited abortion. Unfortunately, he's not the first. In 1993, pro-abortion
Lieutenant Governor candidate, Don Beyer, and Attorney General candidate,
Bill Dolan, both cradle Catholics, enthusiastically endorsed abortion
on demand. Beyer defeated Mike Farris in a nasty, negative campaign that
played on religious bigotry against the devout Protestant head of the
Home School Legal Defense Association. The current Governor, Jim Gilmore,
soundly defeated Dolan in the Attorney General's race that year.
Dolan tried again for Attorney General in 1997 facing
off against Mark Earley, a pro-life father of six children. It came out
during a campaign debate that Dolan had defended pro-life activists in
the 70s as part of a pro-bono team of Catholic lawyers. His flip-flop,
reported in the press, aided in a huge 59-41% victory for Earley. Dolan
has since disappeared from public life. Gilmore ended Beyer's political
career the same year by winning a decisive victory for gov-ernor over
the former Gonzaga High School valedictorian.
This season's Catholic embarrassment, Tim Kaine, was raised
in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Missouri and Harvard law schools.
As Richmond mayor he has no record on abortion, but his campaign website
states he "is pro-choice" and supports Roe v. Wade, even opposing the
24 hour abortion waiting period passed in the last General Assembly session.
For Catholics to support the pro-abortion team of Warner,
Kaine, and McCeachon is a grievously sinful matter. Some issues are so
serious the one who holds them renders himself unfit for public office.
Most Catholics would never consider voting for a member of the KKK or
a neo-Nazi. Their repulsive views disqualify them from consideration.
A person who advocates killing the most helpless members of our human
family is likewise unfit to serve. The first right is the right to life.
Better health care, smaller classrooms, and improved roads are no help
if you're dead.
Sadly, Catholics who publicly defy the teachings of the
Church are seldom challenged. When a pro-abortion candidate can declare
in her campaign literature that she "teaches Sunday school" at her parish,
as Patti Morrissey recently did, [See the Twilight Zone.] you know she
fears neither God, her bishop, her pastor, or her director of religious
education. Pray for her.
Les Femmes endorses the pro-life Republican ticket
of Mark Earley, Jay Katzen, and Jerry Kilgore for Governor, Lieutenant
Governor, and Attorney General. We also enthusiastically endorse our good
friend, Dick Black, for Loudoun County Delegate. We exhort Bishop Loverde
and all the priests of the diocese to remind the Catholic people of Virginia
of their serious obligation to disqualify from consideration those who
endorse the murder of the innocent. "For this command which I enjoin on
you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the
sky…Nor is it across the sea…No, it is something very near to you, already
in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out…I call
heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life
and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and
your descendants may live." [Deuteronomy 30]