Tim Marren

Tim Marren / Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Managing Editor

I cleaned up my in-box and our basket that holds letters to the editor is empty. I’m ready. I have just a dozen or so inches of newsprint this week because of some space constraints on this page, so I might as well make this a good one.

This week I’m writing about abortion. The ever-hot topic.

I’m pro-life, which is the Catholic church way of saying anti-abortion. I’m not against a woman choosing what she wants to do with her body, I just don’t think she should choose what to do with the body she helped create inside her. I’m also not radical in my belief like some.

What I wanted to bring to your attention was not my belief, but two abortion references this week.

My wife watches this show, “Private Practice,” which is another hospital-type show, but it takes place in ... a private practice. This week the abortion topic came up when a patient came in to the practice, looking to abort her child.

During a lunch conversation midway through the show, three of the main actresses started discussing the topic. Two of the three revealed they had abortions (in the show of course!). One of the women had two. Both claimed they “made dumb mistakes” in their youth. It was the same thing you always hear. The lone woman who didn’t abort a child wanted nothing to do with them after they revealed their past decisions. I know it was just a show, but I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after hearing these women describe how it was just some bad decisions. Ordering dessert when you’re on a diet is a bad decision. And the woman who had two! That’s more than a bad decision.

OK, enough on that. Just good ol’ prime time television offering up the perspective of two out-of-three women and the three abortions between them. Enough said.

I came across a brief story on Saturday’s Church Page. It was a report of a priest in California, the Rev. Joseph Illo, who wrote a letter to his 15,000 parishioners saying some of them risked their “state of grace” if they received communion without having attended confession — but only if they voted for Obama knowing his position on abortion.

He’s right.

I had to keep this short this week and I will: A practicing Catholic, not just one who shows up on Christmas and Easter, shouldn’t have supported Obama if they knew his stance on abortion. It goes against one of the strongest social issues our religion has.

I didn’t vote for him because of his abortion stance. I had other reasons, too, but the abortion one was a biggie.

Catholics would be hypocritical if on Sunday they were pro-life and then pro-choice on Tuesday. There is a strange mix of religion and politics in this country, when it’s really supposed to be separate. Still abortion, the death penalty and stem cell research always play in. As a practicing Catholic, you can’t avoid the social issues being front and center, and follow your religious beliefs.

It’s a tricky one, but like I said, my mailbox is open.

Managing Editor Tim Marren can be reached at 439-9222, ext. 6238, or marrent@gnnewspaper.com.

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