Abortion, birth control grab political spotlight


by WHAS11 and AP


Posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 7:22 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP/WHAS11) -- A political firestorm over abortion and birth control is spreading on multiple fronts.

A high-ranking official resigned from the Komen breast-cancer charity Tuesday after its hard-fought peace agreement with Planned Parenthood.

And Catholics are assailing an Obama administration ruling on contraception.

Republican presidential candidates are trying to take advantage of what they consider a blunder by President Barack Obama. They believe his new federal rules covering Catholic hospitals will alienate moderate Catholics who may support contraception but don't want the government to tell the church how to run its hospitals.

But Democrats suggest the ruling will find wide support among voters of all stripes.

While the national conversation intensifies the president is not backing down.
His top political advisor said it is important for millions of women around the country but sees the rift its caused between the administration and the Catholic Church.

Even here in Louisville.

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz issued a letter to parishes saying quote: "We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens."

Other leaders in the Catholic Church agree - like Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC.

“We've never experienced this in the history of our country before this is a violation of the basic rights of conscience and religious liberty so you need to know that and you need to speak up,” Wuerl said.

While surveys show many Catholics are OK with the use of contraceptives some parishioners disagree with the government’s plan.