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LETTER: Abortion isn’t really a political issue

In a robbery, a person who plans the robbery is considered just as guilty under the law as the robber himself. A Catholic who votes for, advocates, counsels or in any manner assists in or approves of the committing of abortions is likewise an accomplice to the action. The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes this abundantly clear. Section 1868 states that sin is a personal act. We have a responsibility for sins committed by others when we cooperate in them.

How can a Catholic have a clear conscience by going against the words of Jesus and the teachings of the church? Some say they accept the teaching of the church but won’t impose them on others. In other words they know an unborn baby is killed but allow and enable others to do it anyway because it is not their unborn child.

Unfortunately abortion has become a political issue when it is really a moral issue.

Both of our U.S. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski seem determined to enact laws that promote unacceptable moral issues.

Both voted for legislation that aimed to override the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, a ruling that affirmed the right of family businesses to opt out of providing abortion-inducing drugs in employee health care plans.

For Catholics one thing is clear. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? For a political office!

 — Kenneth R. Wichorek, Anchorage


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