PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2010

Pro-Life Action of Oregon: Measures 66 and 67, including abortion funding, supported by Planned Parenthood and Archdiocese of Portland

Despite abortion funding, the fight to pass Measures 66 and 67 has made strange allies – Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland.

Pro-Life Action of Oregon has confirmed that Planned Parenthood is recruiting volunteers for phone banking to urge:

“ voters to support Measures 66 & 67 to protect funding for reproductive health care [ abortion and birth control ] and other critical services like education and public safety.”

The Catholic Archdiocese in Portland is also urging Catholics to vote yes on the two measures.  See ‘Archdiocese Backs Tax Increase’ [ http://sentinel.org/node/10604 ].

Nina Rhea, founder of Pro-Life Action of Oregon, expressed her group’s grave disappointment in the Archdiocese and Planned Parenthood’s shared goal to pass the tax increase measures.

"Whenever Planned Parenthood lobbies for something, it’s a red flag.  Catholics are always called to help the poor and vulnerable,” Rhea said. "However, it goes against Church teaching — and our individual conscience — to make our tax dollars available for abortion.  The Church teaches that abortion is always an intrinsic evil."

Mrs. Rhea acknowledges that our tax money already goes to Planned Parenthood.  "But this doesn’t mean we can’t speak out and oppose an increase to their coffers."

Both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League-Oregon are lobbying hard to pass these tax measures.
Several concerned Catholics have written to Pro-Life Action including James Welsh who says,

“I hope that when our Archbishop learns of their deep involvement, he will retract his support for the tax increases.”

Archbishop John Vlazny is scheduled to speak at the annual Pro-Life Rally on January 17 in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The rally is sponsored by Oregon Right To Life. The archbishop could not be reached at the time of this release.

Pro-Life Action of Oregon placed a call to the Archdiocese.  Upon hearing that both Planned Parenthood and NARAL were urging supporters to vote yes, the Archdiocesan Chancellor Mary Jo Tully replied, “That’s not a bad thing is it?” 

After being asked whether the archbishop knows about Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s lobbying efforts, Chancellor Tully replied, “No, I don’t think he knows.”

Pro-Life Action of Oregon also made a follow-up phone call to the Office of Justice and Peace to obtain Matt Cato’s reaction to Planned Parenthood’s lobbying.  "It’s coincidental and doesn’t change what we’re lobbying for."

Cato says the Archdiocese is lobbying for health care, education, and police funds.

Read all about it on our website here:  http://prolifeactionoforegon.org/2010/01/06/planned-parenthood-leads-tax-increase-lobby/

Pro-Life Action of Oregon urges Oregonians to vote no on Measures 66 and 67.

Statements IN FAVOR in your Oregon VOTERS’ PAMPHLET: Page 16, bottom of right column:  Planned Parenthood and NARAL; Page 28, middle of right column:  Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (Catholic Archdiocese is a member); and Page 73, both columns:  Ecumenical Ministries and NARAL.

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Pro-Life Action of Oregon is an independent, Christian-centered and pro-active project whose leadership is located in Portland, Oregon.  We are dedicated to one simple concept — that all human beings are to be protected and defended from the moment of creation until natural death.  We are committed to the sacredness of human life.  We are a member of the American Life League Associate Program.  We network with pro-life leaders in Oregon and around the country.

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