Candidate for Attorney General Dan Donovan claims being Catholic made him anti-choice.
Fact: Many of the most ardent advocates for reproductive rights are Catholics.
Hasnâ€™t he heard of Catholics for Choice? Or Frances Kissling and Jon Oâ€™Brien? (From the mouth of a pro-choice Catholic, click here.)
Fact: Donovan wrote on Choice Mattersâ€™ candidate questionnaire, â€œI believe life begins at conception.â€
Fact: According to the New York Times, Donovan is â€œagainst abortion except in cases of rape or incest.â€
Fact: Donovan claims heâ€™ll represent New Yorkers and follow the law, but he kept his alliance with â€œcrisis pregnancy centersâ€ (CPCs) a secret. CPCs are anti-choice facilities that pretend to provide comprehensive reproductive-health clinics but in reality deceive women and spread misinformation about abortion and birth control.
The CPC of New York on Staten Island liked him so much they gave him an award in 2003. Why? Because Donovan got the CPC grants while he was working in the office of the Staten Island borough president, including when he was the deputy borough president. Imagine what he might do for them as Attorney General.
Women cannot trust Donovan!
Fact: A good attorney general can advance our reproductive rights. A bad one can take them away.
Across the nation, anti-choice attorneys general have abused their position targeting womenâ€™s reproductive rights: in Kansas harassing the late Dr. Tiller; in Virginia, working to close 20 safe clinics; and in Michigan trying to outlaw abortion.
Take a moment and watch: Dan Donovan: It Could Happen Here
Choice Matters is proud to endorse Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. From the frontlines at clinics to the courtrooms to the State Senate, Eric has proven his commitment to a womanâ€™s right to choose.
“… I am a prochoice Catholic because my Catholic faith tells me I can be. The Catechism reads, â€œ[Conscience] is manâ€™s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.â€ Even St. Thomas Aquinas said it would be better to be excommunicated than to neglect your individual conscience. So really, I am just following his lead. After years of research, discernment and prayer, my conscience has been well informed. Being a prochoice Catholic does not contradict my faith; rather, in following my well-informed conscience, I am adhering to the central tenet of Catholic teaching — the primacy of conscience.”
Excerpt from I am a Prochoice Catholic by Kate Childs Graham, writes for ReligionDispatches.org and YoungAdultCatholics-Blog.com. She also serves on the Womenâ€™s Ordination Conference board of directors and the Call to Action Next Generation Leadership Team.