Catholics United Responds to Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s Comments Describing the Organization as a “Devil” and in “Sin”

Posted October 18, 2007

October 18, 2007

James Salt

Washington, DC - This past Wednesday, October 17, Representative Thaddeus McCotter authored an opinion piece in the National Review Online under the title “False Prophets Arise.” In the article, Congressman McCotter characterizes Catholics United as a “devil” and as committing “sin” for criticizing his vote against health care for millions of children despite his “pro-life” beliefs. Thad McCotter is a member of the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives, and is the fourth highest-ranked Republican in the House.

“This type of rhetoric is simply inappropriate, especially from someone serving in a senior leadership position. Criticizing the inconsistencies of McCotter’s pro-life beliefs belongs in our public debate, insinuating that an organization represents the devil does not,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.

McCotter’s comments came in response to commercials on Christian and Catholic radio stations that Catholics United aired in the lead up to today’s vote. The ads challenged McCotter and 9 other Members of Congress who say they are “pro-life” yet vote against health care for millions of our most vulnerable children.

“Catholics believe that a culture of life must include support for women and children. The legislation before Congress today was one clear and practical step our nation can take to reduce abortions,” said Joe Wright Ph.D, Catholics United Board Chair and author of a Catholics United study linking availability of jobs and healthcare lower abortion rates. “A vote against health care for children is not a pro-life vote.”

Rep. Thad McCotter’s column in the National Review:

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Catholics United Study - Reducing Abortion in Kansas:


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