The Dispatch: More from CWR...

City council wants to use $100K in COVID funds for out-of-state abortions. The bishop calls that ‘outrageous’

Andy via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Boston, Mass., Dec 15, 2022 / 15:15 pm (CNA).

Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo, Ohio, said it is “outrageous” that Toledo’s City Council has proposed an ordinance that would redirect $100,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to pay for abortion travel costs out of state.

The ordinance, which is on the city’s agenda for Dec. 20, redirects $100,000 of federal COVID relief funding for the provision of “abortion-related logistical needs.” The money would go to support the pro-abortion group The Agnes Reynolds Hackson Fund, which has a mission of making abortion easy to access through funding.

The “emergency” measure states that the ordinance “is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and property” and “must be immediately effective in order to provide financial assistance to Toledoans seeking reproductive health care services.”

“It is outrageous to learn that an amendment to ordinance 530-21 has been proposed to Toledo City Council and will be voted on Dec. 20, 2022, which would allocate $100,000 from COVID relief funds to a group whose sole purpose is to pay for travel and other expenses to procure abortions,” Thomas said in a Dec. 14 statement.

“Using funds allocated for COVID recovery to enable the taking of innocent lives and the harming of mothers and their children is both unjust and immoral,” he said.

“Since abortion is not ‘health care,’ it is counterintuitive that recovery funds would support the killing of the most vulnerable members of our society. As St. John Paul II writes, ‘“Causing death” can never be considered a form of medical treatment … it runs completely counter to the health care profession, which is meant to be an impassioned and unflinching affirmation of life,’” the bishop said.

Thomas said the Church “stands ready” to support women in need and specifically named the U.S. bishops’ pro-life initiative Walking With Moms in Need, which helps women with free support through pro-life pregnancy centers.

“It is our responsibility as faithful servants of God to spearhead legislation to make it easier for mothers and fathers to flourish economically so they can provide a loving and thriving home for their families,” he said.

The bishop urged all people of goodwill to join him in opposing the ordinance by making their voices heard to the city council.

The three city council members who sponsored the ordinance — Nick Komives, Theresa Gadus, and Michele Grim — are all Democrats, according to Ballotpedia. The council has 12 members.

Abortion in Ohio is legal up to 20 weeks, according to Ohio Right to Life. An Ohio law banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected took effect in June. However, the law was blocked by a Cincinnati judge.


If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.


About Catholic News Agency 6597 Articles
Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)

4 Comments

  1. City Council wants to participate in the New World Order population Reduction programme via intra-uterine and post-uterine infanticide like the Aztecs… And with all we know a about the Infanticide Industry, how much of the Covid Money will be returned in back-handers?

  2. Using funds set aside for saving lives at risk from Covid to murder babies at risk from their mothers is exactly the kind of priority the “progressive” agenda would approve. Even George Orwell would be appalled.

3 Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  1. City council wants to use $100K in COVID funds for out-of-state abortions. The bishop calls that ‘outrageous’ – Catholic World Report – The Old Roman
  2. City council wants to use $100K in COVID funds for out-of-state abortions. The bishop calls that ‘outrageous’ | Passionists Missionaries Kenya, Vice Province of St. Charles Lwanga, Fathers & Brothers
  3. City council wants to use $100K in COVID funds for out-of-state abortions. The bishop calls that ‘outrageous’ – Catholic World Report | The Web Toledo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.


*