Nun at DNC Redefines What It Means To Be Pro-Life

The second night of the Democratic National Convention came with plenty of star power. After all, the Democrats had consumer advocate and US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren as the opening act for former president Bill Clinton. But it was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization NETWORK that may have stole the show.

In a simple but effective speech Sister Simone was able to take back the right’s dominance of the mantle “pro-life” by systematically destroying the Romney-Ryan budget plan.

Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith. But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.

We agree with our bishops, and thatís why we went on the road: to stand with struggling families and to lift up our Catholic sisters who serve them. Their work to alleviate suffering would be seriously harmed by the Romney-Ryan budget, and that is wrong.

Sister Simone conceding agreement with the Bishops is an important marker since her group, and her sisters, have been the target of Vatican ire for their refusal to advocate against gay marriage and family planning access, instead focusing on feeding the poor and housing the homeless.

I am my sisterís keeper. I am my brotherís keeper. While we were in Toledo, I met 10-year-old twins Matt and Mark, who had gotten into trouble at school for fighting. Sister Virginia and the staff at the Padua Center took them in when they were suspended and discovered on a home visit that these 10-year-olds were trying to care for their bedridden mother who has MS and diabetes.

They were her only caregivers. The sisters got her medical help and are giving the boys some stability. Now the boys are free to claim much of the childhood they were losing. Clearly, we all share responsibility for the Matts and Marks in our nation.

In Milwaukee, I met Billy and his wife and two boys at St. Benedictís dining room. Billyís work hours were cut back in the recession. Billy is taking responsibility for himself and his family, but right now without food stamps, he and his wife could not put food on their family table.

We all share responsibility for creating an economy where parents with jobs earn enough to take care of their families. In order to cut taxes for the very wealthy, the Romney-Ryan budget would make it even tougher for hard-working Americans like Billy to feed their families. Paul Ryan says this budget is in keeping with the values of our shared faith. I simply disagree.

Sister Simone then explained what a pro-life platform should look like and should embrace.

In Cincinnati, I met Jini, who had just come from her sisterís memorial service. When Jiniís sister Margaret lost her job, she lost her health insurance. She developed cancer and had no access to diagnosis or treatment. She died unnecessarily. That is tragic. And it is wrong.

The Affordable Care Act will cover people like Margaret. We all share responsibility to ensure that this vital health care reform law is properly implemented and that all governors expand Medicaid coverage so no more Margarets die from lack of care. This is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do.

Simone’s presence was an important one for Democrats. To begin with, it proves that the right does not hold a monopoly on faith and religion and that their protests about the Democratic platform not including “God” was nothing more than more optics and cynicism. It also shows that while Democrats certainly have more room to go when addressing structural economic inequality and deep poverty, they are listening and have not entirely abandoned the poor. And finally, in a convention largely dominated by abortion politics Sister Simone laid waste to the idea that the Republican party is the pro-life party and painted, in pretty stark contrast, that they are in fact the pro-forced birth party.


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Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda3 years ago

Good on Sister Simone Campbell!

Karen H.
Karen H3 years ago

Sister Simone shows what it is to be a True Christian. Good for the nuns who stand up for what Jesus taught.
Like Sister Joan Chittister (Benedictine nun) who said, "I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Be grateful for and treasure what we've got

Dave C.
David C4 years ago


Brenda P.
Brenda P5 years ago


Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

@Bill puts his foot in his mouth again and says When our Sec. of State does not allow our Marine Embassy guards to have live ammunition to protect our embassy Staff when they know some Muslim Terrorist are ploting to attack the embassy there is something wrong or sick with our administration. They are beyond hellp and need to be replaced, in November.

I knew Bill that you were going to do what you always do. You were going to take the first negative statement your buddies on Fox put into print without checking out their statements. I have been waiting all day for you to come on to Care2 to post just this statement yourself. You claim only to read a liberal rag where you live. I have caught you lying before, many times Bill. Here you are getting your material from Fox. Only you didn’t check out the story which is typical Bill. In the link below you will find to Fox Nation in which they printed their right wing crazy lie. As you scroll down Bill you’ll note the word Update in red. They are admitting they got it, like you did, completely wrong.

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

A@Bill R says “From what I can see of Michael he is on a very large number of these Care2 blogs standing his ground against a number of hateful conservative posters, with his incredible grasp of how things really are, and I suppose that would qualify his posts as neither being those of a troll or ever appearing as a Bigot, of which he should be proud of.”

A@Bill R says “It seems the number of people sliding over to choose Obama over that cardboard cutout candidate my party is supporting, is growing daily. I noticed yesterday Fox News trying in a desperate attempt to call attention away from the Presidents continuous move upwards. I also noticed that many Republicans are calling Romney into question on his poor choice in speaking out against the President over the unrest in North Africa. Romney should be ashamed of himself.”

Well thank you Bill I appreciate hearing the truth from you for the very first time. Thanks. Even though you admitted you are a bigot it seems you can get it right once in a while.

Oh, and by the way Bill, take a look at the next post for a big surprise.Wait till you see it. You are going to love it.

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

Bill, in reviewing your evening statement I found a few glaring spelling errors that I thought I would bring to your attention and offer you examples of how to spell those words correctly.

Secuity is spelled security which has an R after the U and before the I

Bigited is spelled Bigoted in which case the second vowel is an O not an I

Wantabes is spelled Wannabe’s and is slang for Want to be

Stuping is spelled Stooping

Ploting is spelled Plotting this word requires two T’s

Hellp is spelled Help there is only one L

Secondly, your story about Overlord doesn’t mean anything to us at all, or make any difference in the reality that you admitted you are a bigot, so it wasn’t worth your effort in typing it.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

Michael and Teresa, I appreciate your comments, but you never address the challenges of these blogs. From what I can see of Michael he is on a very large number of these Care2 blogs trying to attack various posters, but not with new ideas or at leas very few new ideas, and I suppose that would qualify his post as either a troll or even a Bigot, of which he should be proud of being. As there are not many left in the US that will defend Obama on every thing he has done. I was shocked at the liberal news papers are starting to abandon his ship in many cases. Quite a surprise to many of us.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

I just thought the rest of you might be interested in how the word Bigot was used in 1944 in England by American Troops preparing to invade Fortress Europe using a code name "Overlord". The Allied officers that had some knowledge of the plan had top secuity clearance, but the Officers that were privy to the whole plan showing the beach they were to land upon had a security clearance called, "Bigot". It was so called as those officers were of a single mind as to their objective.
The men in a loving manner called those officers "Bigited". Those officers let all other critizm roll off their backs like water. I might add that a lot can be learned from people that accomplish things in this world without allowing the wantabes that try to degrade them of stuping to the Wantabes level of sickness.

When our Sec. of State does not allow our Marine Embassy guards to have live ammunition to protect our embassy Staff when they know some Muslim Terrorist are ploting to attack the embassy there is something wrong or sick with our administration. They are beyond hellp and need to be replaced, in November.