Pro-Life Official 'Gratified' At Arrest Of Suspected Abortion Practitioner Kille
- View SourcePro-Life Official 'Gratified' At Arrest Of Suspected Abortion Practitioner
Source: National Conference of Catholic Bishops; March 29, 2001
Washington, DC -- Cathleen Cleaver, director of planning and information
for the pro-life secretariat of the National Conference of Catholic
Bishops, issued a statement following a report today that the man
suspected of the 1998 killing of abortion doctor Barnett Slepian had been
arrested in France. This is the text of the statement:
"We are gratified by the prospect of the suspected killer of Dr. Barnett
Slepian being brought to justice. Every human life has inestimable value,
and no one has the right to kill.
"We unequivocally condemn the use of violence to oppose abortion. The
violence of killing in the name of pro-life makes a mockery of the
pro-life cause. Just as we abhor the violence of abortion, we abhor
violence as a means to stop abortion.
"We regard such lethal violence with utter disdain, and acknowledge with
deep regret how the deplorable actions of a very few can stigmatize the
pro-life cause in the eyes of many. As the late Cardinal O'Connor once
said: 'To imply ... that to preach, to teach, to write, to proclaim a
pro-life position is somehow to encourage or to condone violence is
Please speak up against abortion-related violence. Those who enagage in
abortion violence are like abortion advocates in that they believe
violence and killing are solutions to problems.