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Catholics Express Support for New Planned Parenthood Clinic

July 31, 2010

In a letter to the staff of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, expressed sadness over a protest by the local prelate, Archbishop George Lucas, at the site of a new clinic in Omaha, Neb.

The letter, which also appears as an ad in the Omaha World-Herald on Saturday July 31, starts,

“I am extremely sad to see reports that Archbishop George Lucas has announced plans to lead a protest at the site of your new clinic in Omaha. I write to you today, as a Catholic and as the president of Catholics for Choice, in solidarity with the women and men who work at the clinic providing reproductive healthcare services for the women of Nebraska and Iowa, to tell you we think the archbishop is wrong. As Catholics, we believe that individual conscience in matters of moral decision-making is at the core of our tradition. We cannot presume to tell others how best to inform and to listen to their own consciences. Clinics such as yours serve vital roles within the community and attempts to impede access through intimidation are unconscionable.”

Read the full letter.