Bishops to Press Obama on Abortion Ban

Catholic leaders re-energize abortion opposition at annual meet
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2008 3:56 AM CST
President-elect Obama faces renewed opposition from Roman Catholic bishops over abortion.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – America's Roman Catholic bishops appear to be on a collision course with the Obama administration over abortion, the Chicago Tribune reports. At the bishops’ annual meeting yesterday in Baltimore the group began drafting a statement that will call on the president-elect to outlaw the procedure. The bishops also threatened to close the nation’s Catholic hospitals if the facilities are required by federal law to perform abortions.

They also vowed to fight any legislation aimed at relaxing abortion restrictions, and said that such action would permanently alienate many Catholics—who would interpret it as an “attack” on the church. "Any one of us here would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow—die tomorrow!—to bring about the end of abortion," said one bishop.