PLEASE, NO VETO
Here is my letter to the Governor being sent this afternoon, May 10, 2010.
May 11, 2010
Honorable Charles Crist
The State House
Dear Governor Crist,
I am writing to you in the fervent hope that you will allow HB 1143 to become law when it reaches your desk for action in the coming days. While I know that legislation seemingly restricting access to abortion is not popular in some quarters, I believe that I fairly represent a majority of the 380,000 Catholics in the five counties of this diocese in representing their thoughts as well. HB 1143 allows a final opportunity for a mother to understand the consequences of her choice. It does not rule out her choice but merely attempts to convey the reality that should abortion be chosen, a human life is destroyed. The bill also mandates that no taxpayer monies be used in this state for provision of abortion.
As someone running for election, I trust you are aware of the strongly shifting sentiment in this state and country against abortion-on-request. It is no longer simply a Catholic issue or a “pro-life” issue, but is becoming a cause of concern in the wider electorate and the general population. We may not yet be represented in our attitudes and concerns by the press and media, but the present situation is being seen more and more as intolerable.
Please do the right thing and allow HB 1143 to become law in Florida. It would be demonstrable proof of your oft-stated commitment to human life.
With prayers for wisdom and courage to guide you, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch