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Catholic and pro-life leaders condemn Chicago mayor’s ‘call to arms’ in response to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting justices will overturn Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
“To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community, the Supreme Court comes next for us. This moment must be a call to arms, ”said Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat married in a same-sex marriage. tweeted In Monday. “We will not give up our rights without a fight – a fight for victory!”
Catholic and pro-life leaders have expressed concern over Lightfoot’s wording at a time when abortion activists are threatening Supreme Court justices and attacking Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers.
“It is very disturbing to see politicians like Mayor Lightfoot using inflammatory language with violent undertones at a time when some Supreme Court justices need extra security and churches and pregnancy centers are actually under attack. by the abortion movement,” Ashley McGuire, senior fellow at The Catholic Association, told CNA.
She added, “Efforts to intimidate lawyers and scare pro-lifers will not prevail, but they are reckless and must be condemned.”
Chicago’s March for Life — which unites thousands of Midwesterners each year to promote life — expressed concern about Lightfoot’s wording amid the ongoing violence.
“The Chicago March for Life condemns Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘Call to Arms,’ especially after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the office of a pro-life organization just 150 miles from Chicago,” it said. the group told CNA. “The Chicago March for Life calls on Mayor Lightfoot, civic leaders, and all Midwesterners to peacefully build a society where unborn children and their parents are protected from the violence of abortion.”
Amy Gehrke, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, also called the mayor.
“At a time when violence in the city of Chicago is spiraling out of control, it is mind-boggling that Mayor Lightfoot is spending more taxpayer dollars on abortion violence,” she told CNA. “It is also mind-boggling that with the sharp rise in violence against life advocates, Mayor Lightfoot is using irresponsible and inflammatory language such as issuing a ‘call to arms’.”
On Monday, Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced a $500,000 award to support “access to reproductive health care for Chicagoans and patients seeking safe and legal care in neighboring states who eventually ban or will ban abortion if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Through this investment, my administration reaffirms our commitment to ensuring safe access for anyone seeking safe reproductive health care,” Lightfoot said. “This includes access to transport, housing, care and, if necessary, safe and legal access to an abortion procedure.”
Gehrke responded, “By welcoming women to Chicago for abortions, Mayor Lightfoot is putting women in our neighboring states at risk.”
“Talking about threats against the LGBTQ community and others is a straw man,” she concluded. “Abortion advocates know when they talk about the real problem – the deliberate killing of unborn children and the harm it causes their mothers – they lose.”
The mayor’s press office did not respond with a comment at press time to elaborate on Lightfoot’s remarks. When Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado’s third congressional district called Lightfoot an ‘insurgent’ in response to his ‘call to arms’ tweet, Lightfoot replied“Sorry. Insurrection is your thing. Not ours.”
In response to the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, which the court said “does not represent a decision of the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case,” some Democrats such as the President Joe Biden have claimed that overthrowing Roe would threaten LGBTQ and birth control “rights”.
The draft opinion, written by Judge Samuel Alito, takes care to say the opposite.
“To ensure that our decision is not misunderstood or misinterpreted, we emphasize that our decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right,” Alito writes. “Nothing in this opinion should be construed as casting doubt on precedents that do not relate to abortion.”
“Roe’s advocates characterize the right to abortion as similar to rights recognized in past rulings regarding issues such as intimate sex, contraception, and marriage, but abortion is fundamentally different, as Roe and Casey l ‘recognized because it destroys what those rulings called ‘fetal life’ and what the law before us describes as an ‘unborn human being,'” the draft reads.