Sacramento, Calif., Apr 14, 2010 / 23:23 pm America/Denver (CNA).
In anticipation of Catholic Lobby Day, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) has called for an end to state funding of abortions and a halt to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and similar groups. Noting the resistance to the cuts, it condemned the idea that abortion is a solution to budgetary social or personal problems.
The 12th annual Catholic Lobby Day is scheduled for April 27 at the state capitol in Sacramento. According to the California Catholic Daily, the backgrounders for the event mark a major departure from previous years, in which abortion was not included as a significant issue.
The CCC backgrounder on the state budget notes that budget reductions are proposed for social services but funding continues for institutions like Planned Parenthood which perform abortions. The latter groups claim their services will save the state money.
“This contrast in funding priorities and budget choices should alarm each of us. Those who are vulnerable and voiceless (literally in the case of the unborn children) are being placed at risk. Funds are allocated to programs designed to eliminate those at the beginning of life while funds are withheld from those at the end of their life or from those who are unable to or struggle to provide for themselves.
“Abortion is the taking of a human life yet our tax dollars are used to fund this immoral practice,” the backgrounder continues.